The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Italy in 1469 and began his political career in 1498. At that time, Italy was struggling politically. The government was so corrupt and was comprised of several independently operated city-states. What further complicated matters was that this is where the pope lived. He was leader of the Catholic Church, controlled his own territory, and had more influence than any prince of any of the other city-states in Italy. Machiavelli was suspected of being an enemy of Medici and was thrown into prison until he was able to prove his innocence. These were the circumstances which inspired him to write The Prince. In The Prince by Niccolo Machiaveli, the prince in which it was so aptly named, securities were entirely dependent on his reputation among his citizens. His methods used to maintain order and peace in his kingdom are still acknowledged by politicians of modern society. That being said, his reasoning behind his actions was not out of a desire to serve the public, but to preserve his seat of power and authority. Today, The Prince is commonly used to educate readers on how political power can corrupt officials as well as the many adverse effects it has on the government. Although few educators would agree with The Prince’s ideals, few would deny that the methods described would be effective. The cruel and selfish nature of the prince described in the book is frowned upon in modern politics. However, the prince is a prime example of how
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