6PO003 Political Theory
Niccolo Machiavelli

Machiavelli and The Prince

Online versions of The Prince (Il Principe)


Translated by W. K. Marriott (1908) http://www.constitution.org/mac/prince00.htm

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1232/1232-h/1232-h.htm

Medieval Sourcebook: Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527): The Prince 1513 http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/machiavelli-prince.asp

Searchable full text http://www.bartleby.com/36/1/

Translated by W. K. Marriott http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/prince/prince.html

Other online resources

Machiavelli Archive http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/machiavelli/index.htm

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/machiavelli/

Ian Johnston's Lecture on Machiavelli's The Prince http://records.viu.ca/~Johnstoi/introser/machiavelli.htm

The History Guide http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/machiavelli.html

Philosophy pages http://www.philosophypages.com/hy/3v.htm

A summary of Machiavelli, his life, and The Prince http://www.emachiavelli.com/Prince%20and%20Mach%20summary.htmM

Garrett Mattingly The Prince: Political Science or Political Satire? http://www.idehist.uu.se/distans/ilmh/Ren/flor-mach-mattingly.htm

Niccolò Machiavelli http://www.nndb.com/people/654/000034552/

Life

1469 Born in Florence
Father a lawyer and both parents relatively impoverished members of Florentine nobility
1494 Entered public service
1501 Married Marietta Corsini and had five children who survived infancy
Florence was a republic until 1512 when medici family came back to power
1512 Machiavelli accused of conspiring against the Medici, imprisoned and tortured
After release, retired to the country outside Florence
1512-1517 Wrote The Prince
1520 re-entered Florentine society and asked to write history of Florence by Cardinal de Medici, who later became Pope Clement VII
1527 Died
1532 The Prince published

Context

The invasions of Italy 1494-1527: Machiavelli and Guicciardini http://vlib.iue.it/carrie/texts/carrie_books/gilbert/04.html

The Audience of The Prince

Condemned by Pope Clement VIII when published.
1564 all Machiavelli's political works placed on the Index (Church list of officially banned books)

Evaluation

'What makes Machiavelli a troubling yet stimulating thinker is that, in his attempt to draw different conclusions from the commonplace expectations of his audience, he still incorporated important features of precisely the conventions he was challenging. In spite of his repeated assertion of his own originality (for instance, Machiavelli 1965, 10, 57-58), his careful attention to preexisting traditions meant that he was never fully able to escape his intellectual confines. Thus, Machiavelli ought not really to be classified as either purely an "ancient" or a "modern," but instead deserves to be located in the interstices between the two.
Cary Nederman (2009) 'Niccolò Machiavelli', Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/machiavelli/

'If it is true that only an evil man will stoop to teach maxims of public and private gangsterism, we are forced to say that Machiavelli was an evil man'.
Strauss, L. (1958) Thoughts on Machiavelli, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, p. 9.

Short Bibliography

Anglo, Sydney, (1969) Machiavelli: a dissection, London : Gollancz, 320.01/ANG
Barnett, V. (2006) 'Niccolo Machiavelli – the Cunning Critic of Political Reason', History Review - available on HIstory Today website http://www.historytoday.com/vincent-barnett/niccolo-machiavelli-%E2%80%93-cunning-critic-political-reason
Berlin, I. (1979) `The Originality of Machiavelli’ in Hardy, H. (ed.) Against the Current: essays in the history of ideas, London http://berlin.wolf.ox.ac.uk/published_works/ac/machiavelli.pdf
Coyle, M. (ed.) (1995) Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince": new interdisciplinary essays, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 320.101/NIC
Curry, Patrick and Zarate, Oscar (2000) Introducing Machiavelli Trumpington: Icon, 741.5/CUR
Edwards, A. and J. Townshend, J. (eds) (2002) Interpreting Modern Political Philosophy: from Machiavelli to Marx, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 320.01/INT
Foster, M. (1942) Plato to Machiavelli, London: Harrap, 320.09/MAS
Germino, Dante (1979) Machiavelli to Marx: Modern Western Political Thought, Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 320.01/GER
Hannaford, I. (1972) 'Machiavelli's concept of virtu in The Prince and The Discourses reconsidered', Political Studies 20(2): 185–189 (not in library).
Harcourt-Smith, Simon (1956) 'Machiavelli', History Today 6(1): 45-53, http://pao.chadwyck.co.uk/PDF/1328459929822.pdf
Lukes, T. (2001) 'Lionizing Machiavelli', American Political Science Review 95(3): 561-575.
Mansfield, H. (1975) 'Strauss's Machiavelli', Political Theory, 3(4): 372-384.
Mansfield, H. (1996) Machiavelli's Virtue, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Mansfield, H. (1998) Machiavelli's Virtue, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, E-book http://site.ebrary.com/lib/wolverhampton/Doc?id=10389549
McGuire, A. (2006) 'Not economical with the truth: Machiavelli as simple, direct and straightforward', Psychotherapy and Politics International 4(2): 142–149, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ppi.98/pdf (Review Article).
McIntosh, D. (1984) 'The Modernity of Machiavelli', Political Theory, 12(2): 184-203 http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/191360
McMahon, R. (ed.) (2008) Machiavelli's the Prince: Bold-Faced Principles on Tactics, Power, and Politics, New York: Sterling Publishing (available on Google books).
Skinner, Q. (2000) Machiavelli: a very short introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Nederman, C. (2000) 'Machiavelli and moral character: principality, republic and the psychology of virtu', History of Political Thought 21(3): 349-364.
Nederman, C. (2009) Machiavelli: A Beginner’s Guide, Oxford: Oneworld Publications http://www.oneworld-publications.com/pdfs/machiavelli_bg.pdf
Parel, A.J. (1991) 'The Question of Machiavelli's modernity', Review of Politics, 53(2): 320-339.
Skinner, Q. (1981) Machiavelli.
Sorell, Tom (ed.) (1995) The Rise of Modern Philosophy: the tension between the new and traditional philosophies from Machiavelli to Leibniz, Oxford University Press, 190.9/RIS
Stephens, J.N. and Butters, H.C. (1982) 'New light on Machiavelli', English Historical Review' 97(382): 54-69, http://www.jstor.org/stable/i224417
Strauss, L. (1958) Thoughts on Machiavelli, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.
Viroli, Maurizio (2002) Niccolo's Smile: A Biography of Machiavelli, translated by Antony Shugaar, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Warburton, Nigel, Pike, Jon and Matravers, Derek (2000) Reading Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill, London: Routledge, 320.01/WAR

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