Key Facts about The Prince

The extreme positions advanced in Machiavelli’s The Prince have been the subject of debate ever since it was written. Scholars in the 18th Century, unable to accept such an unrestrained endorsement of murder and tyranny, made the case that the work was actually political satire. Other scholars insist that though Machiavelli’s ideas are immoral and extreme, they were … Read more

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

General Introduction Niccolo Machiavelli was a 16th Century political theorist. Since his name is become synonymous with his political theories, the question often becomes who is Machiavelli? But the answer is in the book The Prince.  The Prince was likely written in 1513 in manuscript form and distributed among a few people, but the text as it has come … Read more

The Prince Summary

Written just two years after being driven from office as a diplomat, The Prince was originally intended to be part of a larger work entitled “On Principalities.” This short book is the only extent part of that original text, first published in 1532. Chapters 1-11 examine the various types of principalities or principates. The text offers examples … Read more

The Prince Quotations and Analysis

Quotations and Analysis “At this point one may note that men must be either pampered or annihilated. They avenge light offenses; they cannot avenge severe ones; hence, the harm one does to a man must be such as to obviate any fear of revenge.” This quote is from Chapter 3 and it demonstrates the emphasis on … Read more

Major Themes of The Prince

Important Themes Statesmanship and War Machiavelli firmly believes that the soundness of the state is derived from a powerful military. He is not an advocate of democracy. The ruler derives his authority and power entirely from his ability to conquer and destroy all enemies—even potential enemies. He sums this up when he says that “the … Read more

Hamlet, the Machiavellian Prince: An Exploration of Shakespeare’s Use of Machiavellian Politics

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is not simply a morality play surrounding a grief-mad prince; it is a complex study of political maneuvers as described by Machiavelli. “The rules of this politics, Machiavelli’s political science, then, are the choreographed moves, countermoves, and tricks that bring to life the actions of the successful new prince and others.”(Tarlton, 8) Many … Read more

Machiavellian Virtu

The concept of virtu is central to Machiavellian political theory in The Prince. The problematic nature of this term makes a concise definition difficult to formulate. Varying definitions often lead to different interpretations of Machiavelli. In order to understand the implications of Machiavelli’s writing it is important to explore this concept and how it shapes … Read more

Comparing and contrasting governments in Thomas More’s Utopia and Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince

Government is an important part of any country. Whether the officials in charge are skilled or not at their jobs can make or break the country. The United States of America will probably be headed more toward “break” due to the upcoming election, but I am going to focus on another country’s government for now. … Read more

Review of Niccolo Machiavelli’s Book, The Prince

The Prince by Machiavelli is one of the most influential treatises in human history, conceived by Italian political theorist and diplomat, Niccolo Machiavelli. The Prince is often regarded as one of the first true examples of modern philosophy, most notably, political philosophy, and Machiavelli addressed many different attributes of politics, war-time strategies and the implementation … Read more

How Political Ideas In Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince Relate The Modern Politics

Modern Political Ideas in Machiavelli’s The Prince Machiavelli’s The Prince presents many political ideas that are still relevant in modern politics. He argues on topics such as whether it’s better to be loved or feared, whether to be generous or stingy, and how virture can be manipulated. Machiavelli references well known figures of literature and … Read more

Sun Tzu’s and Niccolo Machiavelli’s Plan of Dictating a Country’s Power as Illustrated in, The Art of War and The Prince

To take over a nation or organization, the cleverest method to take would be by following the wise advices of Sun Tzu in his remarkable work the Art of War and Machiavelli in his notable work The Prince. By following these wise strategies, perhaps not only a country, but the whole world can be taken … Read more

Claudius And Prince

Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are, and those few dare not oppose themselves to the opinion of the many, who have the majesty of the state to defend them. – Nicolo Machiavelli, from The Prince Italian political theorist Nicolo Machiavelli speculated that the strongest leaders are ones … Read more

Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince

It is important to understand that there are certain key factors to be kept in mind in any analysis of Niccolo Machiavelli’s most famous work, “The Prince. ” Perhaps the most notable of these is the relatively simple fact that Machiavelli was not presenting his story from a malicious viewpoint but from his beliefs regarding … Read more