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The Prince Machiavellis the Prince The Prince written in 1513 by Niccolo Machiavelli is regarded as one of the most crucial yet controversial works in the field of political science It holds Machiavellis observations and reflections on Italian political history It was written in response to the decay of the Italian states system This book was designed specifically to captivate and transform its readers to analyze and adopt Machiavellis perspective as it was initially written and dedicated to Lorenzo De Medici the ruler of Florence Although this book was written in the 15th century the ideas are very much applicable in todays societies Machiavellis goals and views as perceived by the readers of this book seem to be in contrast with the humanist beliefs and teachings of his time As in his book he promotes a secular society and felt morality should be set aside as it obstructed power He reflects that a prince should not consider whether his acts are moral or immoral while he acts in the favor of the state To achieve that states goals must be the primary focus for a prince If a prince acts immorally to achieve the states goals then it does not reflect his personal standards or beliefs as it is a role that he plays for the state The effect of fortune on government and the course of humanity are an important theme in the book As Machiavelli believed that fortune played a major part in at least half of mens actions The force of fortune was so strong that it was mentally in the back of every mens mind but their were steps that could be taken to lower the effect Furthermore Machiavelli holds a very low opinion of most people and thinks they have been selfish towards the state He concludes from his observations that men are ungrateful fickle liars and deceivers He points out that they will accompany you when you are privileged
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