The Prince (1532) is Machiavelli's best known work founding modern political theory. Translated by W.K. Marriott. The term machiavellianism means "the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct."
Nicolo Machiavelli, born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. From 1494 to 1512 held an official post at Florence which included diplomatic missions to various European courts. Imprisoned in Florence, 1512; later exiled and returned to San Casciano. Died at Florence on 22nd June 1527.
Chapter I - How Many Kinds of Principalities There Are, and By What Means They Are Acquired
Chapter II - Concerning Hereditary Principalities
Chapter III - Concerning Mixed Principalities
Chapter IV - Why the Kingdom of Darius, Conquered by Alexander, Did Not Rebel Against the Successors of Alexander At His Death
Chapter V - Concerning the Way to Govern Cities or Principalities Which lived Under Their Own Laws Before They Were Annexed
Chapter VI - Concerning New Principalities Which Are Acquired by One's Own Arms and Ability
Chapter VII - Concerning New Principalities Which Are Acquired Either by the Arms of Others or By Good Fortune
Chapter VIII - Concerning Those Who Have Obtained a Principality by Wickedness
Chapter IX - Concerning a Civil Principality
Chapter X - Concerning the Way in Which The Strength of All Principalities Ought to Be Measured
Chapter XI - Concerning Ecclesiastical Principalities
Chapter XII - How Many Kinds of Soldiery There Are, and Concerning Mercenaries
Chapter XIII - Concerning Auxiliaries, Mixed Soldiery, and One's Own
Chapter XIV - That Which Concerns a Prince on the Subject of the Art of War
Chapter XV - Concerning Things for Which Men, and Especially Princes, Are Praised or Blamed
Chapter XVI - Concerning Liberality and Meanness
Chapter XVII - Concerning Cruelty and Clemency, and Whether It is Better to Be Loved Than Feared
Chapter XVIII - Concerning the Way in Which Princes Should Keep Faith
Chapter XIX - That One Should Avoid Being Despised and Hated
Chapter XX - Are Fortresses, and Many Other Things to Which Princes Often Resort, Advantageous or Hurtful?
Chapter XXI - How a Prince Should Conduct Himself So As to Gain Renown
Chapter XXII - Containing the Secretaries of Princes
Chapter XXIII - How Flatterrs Should Be Avoided
Chapter XXIV - Why the Princes of Italy Have Lost Their State
Chapter XXV - What Fortune Can Effect in Human Affairs and How to Withstand Her
Chapter XXVI - An Exhortation to Liberate italy from the Barbarians
Description of the Methods Adopted by the Duke Valentino When Murdering Vitellozzo Vitelli...
The Life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca
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