Classic, Renaissance-era guide to acquiring and maintaining political power. Today, nearly 500 years after it was written, this calculating prescription for autocratic rule continues to be much read and studied.
A Note on the Translation
How Many Are the Kinds of Principalities and in What Modes They Are Acquired
Of Hereditary Principalities
Of Mixed Principalities
Why the Kingdom of Darius Which Alexander Seized Did Not Rebel from His Successors after Alexander's Death
How Cities or Principalities Which Lived by Their Own Laws before They Were Occupied Should Be Administered
Of New Principalities That Are Acquired through One's Own Arms and Virtue
Of New Principalities That Are Acquired by Other's Arms and Fortune
Of Those Who Have Attained a Principality through Crimes
Of the Civil Principality
In What Mode the Forces of All Principalities Should Be Measured
Of Ecclesiastical Principalities
How Many Kinds of Military There Are and Concerning Mercenary Soldiers
Of Auxiliary, Mixed, and One's Own Soldiers
What a Prince Should Do Regarding the Military
Of Those Things for Which Men and Especially Princes Are Praised or Blamed
Of Liberality and Parsimony
Of Cruelty and Mercy, and Whether It is Better to Be Loved Than Feared, or the Contrary
In What Mode Faith Should Be Kept by Princes
Of Avoiding Contempt and Hatred
Whether Fortresses and Many Other Things Which Are Made and Done by Princes Every Day Are Useful or Useless
What a Prince Should Do to be Held in Esteem
Of Those Whom Princes Have as Secretaries
In What Mode Flatterers Are to Be Avoided
Why the Princes of Italy Have Lost Their States
How Much Fortune Can Do in Human Affairs, and in What Mode It May Be Opposed
Exhortation to Seize Italy and to Free Her from the Barbarians
Appendix Machiavelli's Letter of December 10, 1513
Index of Proper Names
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