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The Resource The prince : a revised translation, backgrounds, interpretations, marginalia, Niccolò Machiavelli ; translated and edited by Robert M. Adams

The prince : a revised translation, backgrounds, interpretations, marginalia, Niccolò Machiavelli ; translated and edited by Robert M. Adams

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The prince : a revised translation, backgrounds, interpretations, marginalia
Title
The prince
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a revised translation, backgrounds, interpretations, marginalia
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Niccolò Machiavelli ; translated and edited by Robert M. Adams
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  • eng
  • ita
  • eng
Summary
  • The complete text of Machiavelli's best-known work, along with excerpts from some of his other writings and letters, and critical essays by J.R. Hale, Felix Gilbert, Leo Strauss, and others
  • This work is a 16th-century political treatise written by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527). The first two chapters describe the book's scope, defines the various types of principalities and princes and introduces the book's main concerns -- power politics, war craft, and popular goodwill. The author offers practical advice on a variety of matters, including the advantages and disadvantages of various routes to political power, how to acquire and hold new states, how to deal with internal insurrection, how to make alliances, and how to maintain a strong military. Implicit in these chapters are Machiavelli's views regarding free will, human nature, and ethics. He then discusses the qualities of the prince himself. Broadly speaking, this discussion is guided by his underlying view that lofty ideals translate into bad government. This premise is especially true with respect to personal virtue. Certain virtues may be admired for their own sake, but for a prince to act in accordance with virtue is often detrimental to the state. Similarly, certain vices may be frowned upon, but vicious actions are sometimes indispensable to the good of the state. Machiavelli combines this line of reasoning with another: the theme that obtaining the goodwill of the populace is the best way to maintain power. Thus, the appearance of virtue may be more important than true virtue, which may be seen as a liability. The final sections link the book to a specific historical context: Italy's disunity. Machiavelli sets down his account and explanation of the failure of past Italian rulers and concludes with an impassioned plea to the future rulers of the nation. Machiavelli asserts the belief that only Lorenzo de' Medici, to whom the book is dedicated, can restore Italy's honor and pride
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1469-1527
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Machiavelli, Niccolò
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JC143
LC item number
.M38 1992
Literary form
non fiction
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1915-1996
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Adams, Robert M.
Series statement
A Norton critical edition
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  • Machiavelli, Niccolò
  • Political science
  • Political ethics
  • Political ethics
  • Political science
  • Staatkunde
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The prince : a revised translation, backgrounds, interpretations, marginalia, Niccolò Machiavelli ; translated and edited by Robert M. Adams
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-279) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Historical introduction -- Translator's note -- Text of the Prince -- Backgrounds -- Map: North Central Italy in Machiavelli's time -- Machiavelli the working diplomat -- Machiavelli the democrat -- Machiavelli the moralist -- Machiavelli the correspondent -- Machiavelli the poet -- Interpretations -- J.R. Hale -- Felix Gilbert -- Ernst Cassirer -- Sheldon S. Wolin -- Federico Chabod -- J.H. Whitfield -- Isaiah Berlin -- Robert M. Adams -- Marginalia -- Friedrich Nietzsche -- Pasquale Villari -- Francesco Guicciardini -- Traiano Boccalini -- Norman Douglas -- Robert M. Adams -- Epigrams, Maxims, and observations from the Machiavellians -- Tuscan sayings -- Selected Bibliography
Control code
24379038
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
Second edition
Extent
xix, 288 pages
Isbn
9780393962208
Lccn
91032538
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)24379038
Label
The prince : a revised translation, backgrounds, interpretations, marginalia, Niccolò Machiavelli ; translated and edited by Robert M. Adams
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-279) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Historical introduction -- Translator's note -- Text of the Prince -- Backgrounds -- Map: North Central Italy in Machiavelli's time -- Machiavelli the working diplomat -- Machiavelli the democrat -- Machiavelli the moralist -- Machiavelli the correspondent -- Machiavelli the poet -- Interpretations -- J.R. Hale -- Felix Gilbert -- Ernst Cassirer -- Sheldon S. Wolin -- Federico Chabod -- J.H. Whitfield -- Isaiah Berlin -- Robert M. Adams -- Marginalia -- Friedrich Nietzsche -- Pasquale Villari -- Francesco Guicciardini -- Traiano Boccalini -- Norman Douglas -- Robert M. Adams -- Epigrams, Maxims, and observations from the Machiavellians -- Tuscan sayings -- Selected Bibliography
Control code
24379038
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
Second edition
Extent
xix, 288 pages
Isbn
9780393962208
Lccn
91032538
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)24379038

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