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Unformatted text preview: Rob Allen Niccol Machiavelli wrote The Prince to instruct future rulers on how to bring order and stability back to Italy. In it, he looks back on historical figures who demonstrated their effectiveness in staying in power and securing the state at all costs. Being skillful in the art of war is essential in order to gain power as a ruler. This involves maintaining a well trained army, as well as studying the landscape of his land so he will be well prepared to defend it during wartime. A ruler should study great men that lived before them to know what works in terms of protecting the state and what does not work. To maintain order within a domain, a prince must do whatever is necessary to achieve this goal. Therefore, morals and values must be set aside in governing if they do not benefit the survival of the state. Machiavelli confirms this belief by stating, It is therefore necessary for a prince who wants to survive to learn how not to be good and to use goodness, or not use it,...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Tom during the Spring '08 term at Salisbury University.
- Spring '08
- The Prince, Machiavelli