Niccolo Machiavelli 's The Prince

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Machiavelli wrote The Prince in 16th-century. His methods of acquiring and maintaining rule over people are not relevant in today’s modern American society. There are many principles that are still true in politics today, but the methods of ruling can no longer be used in American society today.
Niccolò Machiavelli was born in Florence, Italy in 1496. He was a diplomat in Italy 's Florentine Republic for fourteen years. This was during the Medici family exile, and when they returned, Machiavelli was dismissed and shortly imprisoned. After he was released, he wrote The Prince. It was written as a handbook for politicians to follow and is considered the most famous book on politics ever written. Machiavelli is known as the “father of modern political theory.” He died in 1527 in Florence, Italy.
In The Prince, Machiavelli describes the different methods of acquiring the power over a state. The first he mentions is if the principalities are acquired through one’s own arms and virtue. They “acquire their principality with difficulty but hold it with ease.”(23) The second, “Of New Principalities That Are Acquired by Others’ Arms and Fortune.”(25) Someone gives these to the prince either for money or by the favor of whoever gave it. “Those who become princes from private individual solely by fortune become so with little trouble, but maintain themselves with much.”(25) The next, “Of Those Who Have Attained a Principality through Crimes.”(34) Acquired through crime, the states
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