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Niccolo Machiavelli was a political philosopher and diplomat in Italy He wrote The Prince an argumentative analysis to instructs a prince on how to maintain his power and his state He advised the prince to be constantly ready for war not always keep his promises and try to appear good all the time Military planning and understanding are very important to uphold a princes power Machiavelli states a prince must not have any other object nor any other thought nor must he take anything as his profession but war its institution and its discipline because that is the only profession which befits one who commands 37 He also mentions the prince has to get used to physical obstacles know about his own country its terrain its strong and weak points and should always be enhancing his knowledge of military matters Moreover a prince needs to learn from others victories and defeats Throughout history there have been many lessons learned from wars A powerful army can be defeated when it is not ready In World War II Hitlers dominating army was defeated in its quest for Stalingrad Stalin used the weather and terrain to his advantage to defeat the German army The German military was not able to recover after this defeat That is why a prince has to train himself extensively to solve any problems A leader will not have power if his country does not have military safety A leader has to be able to protect his country in order to maintain his position Machiavelli also emphasizes that a prince has to always prepare for war even during peacetime Machiavellis beliefs on how a prince should rule are scandalous but accurate I accept as true that if a leader follows the opinion of Machiavelli he will be exceedingly successful and should maintain his power for a long period Works Cited Hacker Diana The Bedford Handbook 6th Ed Boston Bedford
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