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Prince And The Art Of War - Niccolo Machiavelli



Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Prince And The Art Of War

The Prince and the Art of War
The Prince offers - some believe with satirical intent - advice on how a ruler should best preserve his power, conduct warfare and maintain his reputation. The Art of War provides a practical handbook for the conduct of Renaissance warfare covering every military contingence that affects the state.

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Written in the sixteenth century and almost immediately a subject of controversy, The Prince presents Machiavelli's advice to a ruler who would seek to maintain his power most effectively. Pragmatism and expediency are seen to be more important considerations than ethical ones, and a ruler must be prepared to take actions in the interest of public order that might conflict with purely private ethical concerns. A good ruler must avoid being hated by his subjects however. In The Art of War Machiavelli examines ancient military practices for their relevance to modern political issues, and asserts that military power is at the base of all civil order.With an Afterword by Oliver Francis.

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Number of Pages 440