The Prince

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Branden Books, Jul 16, 2002 - Philosophy - 140 pages
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Machiavelli, as the Father of Political Science, continues to be translated and read throughout the world. This latest edition contains many illustrations dealing with The Prince.

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Machiavelli, the Prince has been reviewed many times, therefore I would do some of the reflective analysis of the political philosophy of Machiavelli. The basic spirit in the book is the survival, success and the longevity of the prince's control over his state. There is more of personal achievement in the goal settings than the overall good of the humanity. This is perhaps because of the dangers of wars in terms of nations or countries being attached by more powerful ones. However, the national development towards the betterment of the lives of the people, security and peace to be achieved to develop people to achieve their best potential, giving people rights of liberty, fraternity, pursuit of happiness, etc. are found missing. The diplomatic astuteness required to manage day to day matters are discussed in detail with the aim of retaining the country but none on the part of developing the country so much that it a deterrence is maintained for the long term peace. The prince is the first book of the modern political thought regarding peace and diplomacy, yet its relevance is not limited to that time only. This book is relevant even in present day diplomacy and public policy formulation. However, the element of 'Public Service' and democratic values required for nation states are found missing in the political philosophy of Machiavelli.  

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Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy. He was a political philosopher, statesman, and court advisor. Starting out as a clerk, he quickly rose in the ranks because he understood balance of power issues involved in many of his diplomatic missions. His political pursuits quickly ended after he was imprisoned by the Medici family. He is best known for The Prince, his guide to power attainment and cutthroat leadership. He also wrote poetry and plays, including a comedy named Mandragola. He died on June 21, 1527 at the age of 58.

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