Book Review of the Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

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Book Review of the Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

The Prince is a formal, in depth, documentation of various political science subjects the regarding principalities and the rise of a prince to power. These initial writings of modern political philosophy were written by Niccolò Machiavelli, a prominent diplomat of the 16th century, in the form of candid letters to Lorenzo de Medici. The printed version of The Prince emerged after Machiavelli's death under the permission of the pope in the year 1532. Even though this is a historical masterpiece, its theories are still applicable in today’s world.

In his writings, Machiavelli emphasizes the establishment of new principalities because he believed that acquiring control and power on what is new is the toughest task of a prince. His focus is evident in his brief introduction of existing principalities and the clear statement that the majority of his writings will be towards all aspects of acquiring and maintaining new principalities. His theories revolved around the diplomatic yet powerful acquisition of new principalities through the use own resources and men, and not solely on the good will or connections. All of the introduced political theories were entwined with, what we consider historical today, events such as the ill acquisition of Milan by the King of France, Louis XII, who lost Milan as quickly as he occupied due to his underestimation of the power of its people. Another extensive example used by Machiavelli is the fall of Cesare Borgia due to is dependence on his father's connections and not the power of his own arms or strengths. The writings Machiavelli did not support suppression and tyranny, his beliefs revolved around the intelligent methods of gaining political power over new principalities, but this point will be revisited later.

Machiavelli's first and foremost theory was that every prince seeking to rise to power should have a strong and rooted base consisting of effective laws and a...
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