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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Chapter 14 of Niccolò Machiavelli's philosophical text The Prince.
Machiavelli emphasizes the importance of a prince being skilled in warfare: "A prince, therefore, must have no other object or thought, nor acquire skill in anything, except war, its organization, and its discipline."
The skills of warfare are to be practiced at all times. The required skills are many and diverse. In addition to organizing and training his military force, Machiavelli states that an effective prince will:
The skills of war that Machiavelli considers worthy of a prince are not just the skills of a fighting soldier. In addition, the prince needs the skills and knowledge that allow for the strategic deployment of groups of fighting soldiers.
These skills must be practiced not only during times of war. Indeed, Machiavelli stresses that they must be practiced especially during times of peace. This ensures that a prince will be well prepared before he goes to war and also strengthens his rule at home by putting force behind the laws he makes.