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In 1513 Niccolo Machiavelli wrote a piece of work called The Prince It was written to all principalities and that which is parallel to what Machiavelli suggests is often referred to as being Machiavellian The purpose of this essay is to ask the question Is Napoleon Bonaparte Machiavellian in Nature By the evidence found from Napoleons life and accomplishments it can said that he was not Machiavellian in nature which can be demonstrated by numerous accounts as well as some suggested characteristics given by Machiavelli to support this theory This essay will take a look at Napoleons leadership skills his beliefs and ideals as well as his personality that made him a great political figure These aspects of Napoleons persona give a description of how his character was different from that in Machiavellis The PrinceIn the area of leadership Napoleon had many qualities that set him apart from the rest Napoleon was a great leader but at times his people hated him Machiavelli believed that one cannot call it virtue to kill ones citizens betray ones friends to he without faith without mercy without religion these modes can enable one to acquire an empire but not glory Napoleons goal was to seize power for himself and the crys of his people were drowned out for his own pursuit of power Napoleon sought after glorification for himself an example of this is when Napoleon was first exiled he returned to France and betrayed his country just so he could gain back his power although he did not succeed Another example of his leadership and how it is different from being Machiavellian is how his whole life he had no friends and how he was never close to his subjects Machiavelli said It remains now to see what the modes and government of a prince should be with subjects and with friends Apparently Napoleon was not a good friend considering when he was exiled the
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