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First Edition   ©2005

The Prince

by Niccolo Machiavelli with Related Documents

Niccolo Machiavelli , William J. Connell (Seton Hall University)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-14978-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-312-14978-9
  • Paper Text , 208 pages

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Widely read for its insights into history and politics, The Prince is one of the most provocative works of the Italian Renaissance. Based on Niccolò Machiavelli’s observations of the effectiveness of both ancient and contemporary statesmen, the rules for governing set forth in his manual were considered radical and harsh by his contemporaries and shocking to many since then. This major new edition combines an accurate and accessible new translation with important related documents, many of which appear here in English for the first time. In his lucid introductory essay, William J. Connell offers fresh insights into Machiavelli’s life, the meaning of his work, the context in which it was written, and its influence over time. Document headnotes, maps, a chronology of Machiavelli’s life, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and index provide further pedagogical support.
"Connell provides by far the best historical introduction to a student text of The Prince that I have ever seen. It is concise, clear, and remarkably straightforward given the complexity of the issues it treats, including not only the precise context of the work’s composition, but also some very helpful description of its reception. As a whole, in my view, this edition of The Prince is the very best available in English, and I look forward to using it in my classes."
— Kenneth Gowen,
University of Connecticut