The Portable Machiavelli (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 25, 1979 - Literary Collections - 576 pages
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In the four and a half centuries since Machiavelliís death, no single and unanimously accepted interpretation of his ideas has succeeded in imposing itself upon the lively debate over the meaning of his works. Yet there has never been any doubt about the fundamental importance of Machiavelliís contribution to Western political theory.The Portable Machiavelli brings together the complete texts of The Prince, Belfagor, and Castruccio Castracani, newly translated by Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa especially for this volume. In addition, the editors include an abridged version of The Discourses; a play, The Mandrake Root, in its entirety; seven private letters; and selections from The Art of War and The History of Florence.
  

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Review: The Portable Machiavelli

User Review  - Gabriel Valjan - Goodreads

The year 2013 marks both the celebration of Italian culture in America and the five-hundred-year anniversary of NiccolÚ Machiavelli's The Prince. Written in 1513, but not published in its entirety ... Read full review

Review: The Portable Machiavelli

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

A wide variety of insightful writings by one of the foremost thinkers of his age, The Portable Machiavelli demonstrates the author's divergent interests and talents. Known largely for The Prince, an ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER XXIII ON HOW TO AVOID FLATTERERS
CHAPTER XXIV WHY ITALIAN PRINCES HAVE LOST THEIR STATES
CHAPTER XXV ON FORTUNES ROLE IN HUMAN AFFAIRS AND HOW SHE CAN BE DEALT WITH
CHAPTER XXVI AN EXHORTATION TO LIBERATE ITALY FROM THE BARBARIANS
BOOK I
BOOK II
CHAPTER V HOW THE CHANGES IN RELIGIOUS SECTS AND LANGUAGES TOGETHER WITH THE OCCURRENCE OF FLOODS AND PL...
CHAPTER VII HOW MUCH LAND THE ROMANS GAVE TO THEIR COLONISTS

MACHIAVELLI TODAY
I TRANSLATIONS
II ITALIAN EDITIONS
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VII
CHAPTER I HOW MANY KINDS OF PRINCIPALITIES THERE ARE AND THE WAY THEY ARE ACQUIRED
CHAPTER III ON MIXED PRINCIPALITIES
CHAPTER IV WHY THE KINGDOM OF DARIUS OCCUPIED BY ALEXANDER DID NOT REBEL AGAINST HIS SUCCESSORSAFTER THE D...
CHAPTER V HOW CITIES OR PRINCIPALITIES SHOULD BE GOVERNED THAT LIVED BY THEIR OWN LAWS BEFORE THEY WERE OCC...
CHAPTER VI ON NEW PRINCIPALITIES ACQUIRED BY ONES OWN ARMS AND BY SKILL
CHAPTER VII ON NEW PRINCIPALITIES ACQUIRED WITH THE ARMS AND FORTUNES OF OTHERS
CHAPTER VIII ON THOSE WHO HAVE BECOME PRINCES THROUGH WICKEDNESS
CHAPTER IX ON THE CIVIL PRINCIPALITY
CHAPTER X HOW THE STRENGTH OF ALL PRINCIPALITIES SHOULD BE MEASURED
CHAPTER XI ON ECCLESIASTICAL PRINCIPALITIES
CHAPTER XII ON THE VARIOUS KINDS OF TROOPS ANDMERCENARY SOLDIERS
CHAPTER XIII ON AUXILIARY MIXED AND CITIZENSOLDIERS
CHAPTER XIV A PRINCES DUTY CONCERNING MILITARY MATTERS
CHAPTER XV ON THOSE THINGS FOR WHICH MEN AND PARTICULARLY PRINCES ARE PRAISED OR BLAMED
CHAPTER XVI ON GENEROSITY AND MISERLINESS
CHAPTER XVII ON CRUELTY AND MERCY AND WHETHER IT IS BETTER TO BE LOVED THAN TO BE FEARED OR THE CONTRARY
CHAPTER XVIII HOW A PRINCE SHOULD KEEP HIS WORD
CHAPTER XIX ON AVOIDING BEING DESPISED AND HATED
CHAPTER XX ON WHETHER FORTRESSES AND MANY THINGS THAT PRINCES EMPLOY EVERY DAY ARE USEFUL OR HARMFUL
CHAPTER XXI HOW A PRINCE SHOULD ACT TO ACQUIRE ESTEEM
CHAPTER XXII ON THE PRINCES PRIVATE ADVISERS
CHAPTER X WEALTH DOES NOT REPRESENT THE SINEWS OF WAR AS POPULAR OPINION WOULD HAVE IT
CHAPTER XI IT IS NOT A WISE POLICY TO FORM A FRIENDSHIP WITH A RULER WHO HAS MORE PRESTIGE THAN STRENGTH
CHAPTER XIII ONE RISES FROM A LOW TO A HIGH STATION MORE OFTEN BY USING FRAUD INSTEAD OF FORCE
CHAPTER XIV MEN OFTEN DECEIVE THEMSELVES THINKING THEY WILL CONQUER PRIDE WITH HUMILITY
CHAPTER XVI HOW FAR SOLDIERS OF OUR TIMES HAVE TURNED FROM ANCIENT DISCIPLINE
CHAPTER XIX CONQUESTS MADE BY REPUBLICS WHICH ARE NOT WELL ORGANIZED AND WHICH DO NOT PROCEED ACCORDING ...
CHAPTER XX WHAT SORT OF DANGER A PRINCE OR A REPUBLIC EMPLOYING AUXILIARY OR MERCENARY TROOPS INCURS
CHAPTER XXI THE FIRST PRAETOR THE ROMANS SENT ANYWHERE WAS SENT TO CAPUA AND THIS OCCURRED AFTER FOUR HUN...
CHAPTER XXII HOW OFTEN THE OPINIONS OF MEN ARE WRONG IN JUDGING IMPORTANT MATTERS
CHAPTER XXIV FORTRESSES ARE GENERALLY MUCH MORE HARMFUL THAN USEFUL
CHAPTER XXV THAT AN ASSAULT UPON A CITY DIVIDED BY INTERNAL STRIFE IN ORDER TO OCCUPY IT AS A RESULT OF THIS ST...
CHAPTER XXVIII HOW DANGEROUS IT IS FOR A REPUBLIC OR A PRINCE NOT TO AVENGE A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE INJURY
CHAPTER XXX TRULY POWERFUL REPUBLICS AND PRINCES DO NOT BUY FRIENDSHIPS WITH MONEY BUT RATHER WITH THEIR A...
CHAPTER XXXI HOW DANGEROUS IT IS TO BELIEVE EXILES
CHAPTER XXXII ON THE MEANS EMPLOYED BY THE ROMANS IN TAKING CITIES
THE PLAYERS
ACT I
ACT II
ACT III
ACT IV
ACT V
BOOK I
BOOK II
BOOK VII
Written by Niccolb Machiavelli and Sent to His Very Dear Friends Zanobi Buondelmonti and Luigi Alamanni
PREFACE
BOOK III
BOOK V
BOOK VII COSIMO DE MEDICI
BOOK VIII
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About the author (1979)

Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian politician, diplomat, founding father of political science, and author of the preeminent political treatise, The Prince. Born in Florence, Italy, Machiavelli held many government posts over his lifetime and often took leading roles in important diplomatic missions. During his time visiting other countries and nation states, Machiavelli was exposed to the politics of figures like Ceasare Borgia and King Louis XII, experiences which would inform his writings on state-building and politics. Machiavelli's political career came to an abrupt end when the Medici overthrew Florence, and he was held as a prisoner under the new regime. Tortured for a short time, he was released without admitting to any crime or treason. At this point, Machiavelli retired and turned to intellectual and philosophical pursuits, producing his two major works, The Prince and Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livy. He died in 1527 at the age of 58.

Jody Robin Shiffman is Associate Instructor of Italian at Indiana University. She is Associate Editor of the Dictionary of Italian Literature (2d rev. ed., 1996).

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