ISBN10: 1975632435 ISBN13: 9781975632434 Publisher: Createspace Indie Pub Platform Published: Aug 20 2017 Pages: 52 Height: 9.00" Width: 6.00" Depth: 0.12" Language: English
he end justifies the means. This simple, pragmatic maxim underpins Niccol Machiavelli's classic work, The Prince. Written in 1513, when Machiavelli was a Florentine registry official, this handbook of political power provoked controversy like no other. Its central theme is how Renaissance rulers should act if they want to prevail. According to the author, a strong state requires a leader who is able to defend his power at all costs. Machiavelli maintains that a ruler may deceive, trick, oppress and even murder his opponents, as long as his misdeeds serve the state's stability. Without question, this short treatise offers enough material to demonize its author. However, Machiavelli does not champion unlimited ruthlessness and violence. Nor does he justify any objectives that seem to warrant violence. However, he also does not try to align his work to Christian morals as he examines the practice of statecraft and leadership.