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[T]he wise man should always follow the roads that have been trodden by the great, and imitate those who have most excelled, so that if he cannot reach their perfection, he may at least acquire something of its savour.
VI.
Niccolo
Machiavelli
Harvard Classics, Vol. 36, Part 1
 
The Prince
 
Niccolo Machiavelli
 
Machiavelli applies the analytic tools of science to politics to determine the best way to rule effectively.
 
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CONTENTS
Bibliographic Record
TRANSLATED BY N.H. THOMSON

NEW YORK: P.F. COLLIER & SON COMPANY, 1909–14
NEW YORK: BARTLEBY.COM, 2001
 
 
Introductory Note    Dedication    [pdf]
  1. Of the Various Kinds of Princedom, and of the Ways in Which They Are Acquired
  2. Of Hereditary Princedoms
  3. Of Mixed Princedoms
  4. Why the Kingdom of Darius, Conquered by Alexander, Did Not, on Alexander’s Death, Rebel Against His Successors
  5. How Cities or Provinces Which before Their Acquisition Have Lived under Their Own Laws Are to Be Governed
  6. Of New Princedoms Which a Prince Acquires with His Own Arms and by Merit
  7. Of New Princedoms Acquired by the Aid of Others and by Good Fortune
  8. Of Those Who by Their Crimes Come to Be Princes
  9. Of the Civil Princedom
  10. How the Strength of All Princedoms Should Be Measured
  11. Of Ecclesiastical Princedoms
  12. How Many Different Kinds of Soldiers There Are, and of Mercenaries
  13. Of Auxiliary, Mixed, and National Arms
  14. Of the Duty of a Prince in Respect of Military Affairs
  15. Of the Qualities in Respect of Which Men, and Most of all Princes, Are Praised or Blamed
  16. Of Liberality and Miserliness
  17. Of Cruelty and Clemency, and Whether it Is Better to Be Loved or Feared
  18. How Princes Should Keep Faith
  19. That a Prince Should Seek to Escape Contempt and Hatred
  20. Whether Fortresses, and Certain Other Expedients to Which Princes Often Have Recourse, Are Profitable or Hurtful
  21. How a Prince Should Bear Himself So As to Acquire Reputation
  22. Of the Secretaries of Princes
  23. That Flatterers Should Be Shunned
  24. Why the Princes of Italy Have Lost Their States
  25. What Fortune Can Effect in Human Affairs, and How She May Be Withstood
  26. An Exhortation to Liberate Italy from the Barbarians


 
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