ISBN 9788129101396,The Prince (English) Abridgededition

The Prince (English) Abridgededition


Rupa & Co



Rupa & Co

Publication Year 2003

ISBN 9788129101396

ISBN-10 8129101394


Number of Pages 174 Pages
Language (English)


The Prince was written in 1513 but published only in 1532, after Machiavelli's death. It was written at a time of political conflict, violence, instability and intrigue, when Italy was repeatedly won and controlled by foreigners. It was meant to be a practical guide to the Italian leader, Lorenzo Di Medici to act in this environment, though unfortunately the former did not really agree with the suggestions in this book. Highly controversial, the book won for Machiavelli the reputation of amoral cynicism and diabolicism. His belief that politics had its own rules so stunned readers that a new term came to be used for political manoeuvers marked by cunning and duplicity-Machiavellian. About The Author Niccolo Machiavelli?political philosopher, historian, writer, statesman and diplomat-- was born in Florence on 3 May 1469, in Florence, Italy. As secretary of a council that held diplomatic negotiations in the state, his assignments took him to the French king, the Holy Sea and the German Emperor, places where he studied political tactics. He was suspected as a conspirator involved in the downfall of Gonfaloniere Soderini and was arrested and later tortured. Released from prison, he was forced to retire from public life. This is when he wrote The Prince. He died of ill-health in June 1527