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Machiavelli - Keep power centralized to yourself and nobody else - Establish settlements in conquered alien lands - Do not allow any foreign competition in (King Louis dividing Naples) - “But in republics…the memory of their ancient liberty does not and cannot let them rest.” (19) - “Men who become rulers by prowess similar to theirs acquire their principalities with difficulty but hold them with ease” (20.) Referring to Moses, Cyrus and Romulus - “The art of war is all that is expected of a ruler.” (47) - “I have thought it proper to represent things as they are in real truth, rather than as they are imagined” (50). - “If a prince wants to maintain his rule he must be prepared not to be virtuous, and to make use of this or not according to need” (50). o A man who tries to act virtuous is overwhelmed by the many that are not virtuous. o Some things that would seem to be of virtue end up ruining the prince - “A prince must try to avoid, above all else, being despised and hated; and generosity results in your being both” (53). o Describes that virtues as well as cruelty should not be done for their own sake, but only for the good of the statehood o Actions should be considered as widespread, not in terms of moral value o Example of Hannibal, never any dissension because he was so cruel - ”One can make this generalization about men: they are ungrateful, fickle, liars, and deceivers, they shun danger and are greedy for profit” (54). -
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