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Credited with taking the ethics out of politics and hailed as the father of realpolitik, Machiavelli's name became synonymous with a form of politics that privileged expediency at the expense of morality. Whilst assuming the guise of a traditional "Mirror of Princes" handbook, The Prince subverts the classical and Renaissance conventions of such moralising tracts. By exploiting the distance between ruler and ruled, Machiavelli encourages his Prince to present an image of virtue when necessity dictates he act immorally. The result is a handbook dedicated to a new Prince, espousing a politics of necessity with scant concern for justice and Christian morality when the security of the Prince's rule is threatened.

Set in the context of his early political writings, this edition shows how Machiavelli's advice was conditioned by the prevailing political and social culture of Renaissance Italy. His clinical analysis of the dynamics of power, however, is as chilling now as it was then.

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"The Prince is a mere tabulation of types of government and rulers, and of methods of maintaining them. It is this and no more." Isaiah Berlin

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A unique paperback edition, with a new translation of The Prince, introduction, notes, selected criticism and chronology of Machiavelli's life and times.

Synopsis:

"The Prince is a mere tabulation of types of government and rulers, and of methods of maintaining them. It is this and no more."—Isaiah Berlin

Credited with taking the ethics out of politics and hailed as the father of realpolitik, Machiavelli's name became synonymous with a form of politics that privileged expediency at the expense of morality. Whilst assuming the guise of a traditional 'Mirror of Princes' handbook, The Prince subverts the classical and renaissance conventions of such moralizing tracts. By exploiting the distance between ruler and ruled, Machiavelli encourages his Price to present an image of virtue when necessity dictates he act immorally. the results is a handbook dedicated to a new Price, espousing a politics of necessity with scant concern for justice and Christian morality when the security of the Price's rule is threatened.

Set in the context of his earlier political writings, this edition shows how Machiavelli's advice was conditioned by the prevailing political and social culture of Renaissance Italy. His clinical analysis of the dynamics of power, however, is as chilling now as it was then.

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ISBN:
9780460876292
Editor:
Milner, Stephen
Author:
Milner, Stephen
Author:
Machiavelli, Niccolo
Publisher:
Everyman Paperback Classics
Location:
London :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Early works to 1800
Subject:
Political ethics
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
No Series
Publication Date:
19951031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in 7 oz

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Product details 176 pages Tuttle Publishing - English 9780460876292 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Prince is a mere tabulation of types of government and rulers, and of methods of maintaining them. It is this and no more."
"Synopsis" by , A unique paperback edition, with a new translation of The Prince, introduction, notes, selected criticism and chronology of Machiavelli's life and times.
"Synopsis" by , "The Prince is a mere tabulation of types of government and rulers, and of methods of maintaining them. It is this and no more."—Isaiah Berlin

Credited with taking the ethics out of politics and hailed as the father of realpolitik, Machiavelli's name became synonymous with a form of politics that privileged expediency at the expense of morality. Whilst assuming the guise of a traditional 'Mirror of Princes' handbook, The Prince subverts the classical and renaissance conventions of such moralizing tracts. By exploiting the distance between ruler and ruled, Machiavelli encourages his Price to present an image of virtue when necessity dictates he act immorally. the results is a handbook dedicated to a new Price, espousing a politics of necessity with scant concern for justice and Christian morality when the security of the Price's rule is threatened.

Set in the context of his earlier political writings, this edition shows how Machiavelli's advice was conditioned by the prevailing political and social culture of Renaissance Italy. His clinical analysis of the dynamics of power, however, is as chilling now as it was then.

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