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Niccolo Machiavelli

March 29, 2016 | Author: | Posted in american history, history

Niccolt Machiavelli : The Prince

Niccolt Machiavelli wrote the Prince in 1513 which was published in 1532 after his death . The book is considered as a political work written for the rulers or the Prince to use shrewd methods to gain power or establish his reign through terror and meanness . Machiavelli asserts that moral principals should be given up or tailored whenever situation requires

He describes five basic qualities of leadership for a Prince which are described below

An ideal prince should imitate the behaviour of great mean such Ancient Roman [banner_entry_middle]


A Prince should be dedicated to war

A Prince should have greater understanding of vice and cruelty , which are necessary to maintain stability and in the state

A Prince should have the prudence to disburse his own wealth

And a Prince should appear religious (even if he is not religious which makes easy for him to form public opinion in his favour

Machiavelli mentions the behaviour of prince towards his subject in the following words

It is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong , and to make use of it or not according to necessity . Therefore putting on one side imaginary things concerning a prince , and discussing those , which are real . He need not make himself uneasy at incurring a reproach for those vices without which the state can only be saved with difficulty , for if everything is considered carefully , it will be found that something which looks like virtue , if followed , would be his ruin whilst something else , which looks like vice , yet followed brings him security and prosperity ( CHAPTER XV

Concerning Things For Which Men , And Especially Princes , Are Praised Or Blamed

Machiavelli points out that a Prince can have many qualities , but a Prince should not be overly concerned with becoming over good however a reputation of being a bad or evil is also not useful for a ruler . Any evil or vice is not vice as long it can protect a Prince and his State Machiavelli approach is simple in politics there is no ultimate evil or good

For a Prince it is better to be loved and feared however he mentions that the best strategy is to be feared as fear brings greater security for a ruler

The Prince defines effective methods to govern several principalities (new or hereditary

He mentions that a principality is either acquired by fortune or inherited . However in hereditary people are loyal and royal family name has influence in the principality due to which its easy to regain , even if it is lost . In the newly acquired principalities due to the difference in customs and traditions , the new ruler finds it hard to sustain his status quo . In to establish the status quo , the Prince should execute all the living members of the family to establish his (new ) status quo as he explains in the following words . Now I say that those dominions which , when acquired , are added to… [banner_entry_footer]


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