The Prince by Machiavelli

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Living in a tumultuous era, filled with political and religious conflicts, warring city-states, and a continent ruled by a government who used the church to control and conquer, an exiled Machiavelli wrote the book The Prince to give politicians a basis on how to rule a nation and as a way to continue to make a statement in Florence’s politics. The book itself was unlike the regular “mirrors for princes”, in a sense that instead of telling the prince how to be morally sound it told him how to be effective as a ruler. Within the book there were three characteristics that were expressed that can be considered of high importance for every prince/ruler. These three were every prince should rather be feared than to be loved, study war and…show more content…
"A prince is also respected when he is a true friend and a true enemy; that is, when he declares himself on the side of one prince against another without any reservation” (Page 131 eBook edition; Machiavelli). Stalin abided this characteristic when the wars began between the Polish, alongside allies Britain and France, against Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan in World War II. At the time they had to choose allies or axis power and Stalin chose the Allied side after Germany began to invade Russia. Stalin and the USSR would be fighting alongside Britain, France, and the United States against the invading Nazis. Here, Machiavelli explains:"...when those who fight together are of such a kind that you need not fear the one who wins, it is even more prudent to join his side…”. Machiavelli’s intentions for this quote were that if the ruler is more powerful than his allies, they are therefore under his command. Luckily for Stalin the USSR was relatively stronger than Churchill's Britain and Roosevelt's USA. This would influence Europe's post-war reform negotiations. In regards to the territorial and political organization of Poland, Stalin possessed the upper hand. Following these negotiations, when the Soviet Foreign Minister expressed his worries in regards to the Yalta Agreement's wording. He was worried how he might impede

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