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FINALIST--2008 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZEIn the basic Writings of Machiavelli, Peter Constantine has assembled a entire assortment that indicates the real intensity and breadth of an outstanding Renaissance philosopher. Refreshingly obtainable, those fabulous new translations are devoted to Machiavelli’s unique, superbly crafted writings.The quantity good points essays that seem in English for the 1st time, corresponding to “A warning to the Medici” and “The Persecution of Africa.” additionally integrated are entire types of the political treatise, The Prince, the comedian satire The Mandrake, The lifetime of Castruccio Castracani, and the vintage tale “Belfagor”, in addition to decisions from The Discourses, The artwork of battle, and Florentine Histories. Augmented with valuable features–vital and concise annotations and cross-references–this precise compendium is bound to develop into the normal one-volume connection with this influential, flexible, and ever well timed writer.“Machiavelli's rigidity on political necessity rather than moral perfection helped motivate the Renaissance via renewing hyperlinks with Thucydides and different classical thinkers. This new assortment provides deeper perception into Machiavelli’s character as a author, hence broadening our realizing of him.”–Robert D. Kaplan, writer of Warrior Politics: Why management calls for a Pagan Ethos “Constantine’s choice is not just clever; his translations are astonishingly stable. Thoughtfully brought via Albert Russell Ascoli, this variation belongs in everyone’s library.”–John Jeffries Martin, professor and chair, division of background, Trinity University“If one have been to assign a unmarried version of Machiavelli's works, this almost certainly will be it.”–John P. McCormick, professor, division of political technology, college of Chicago
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My point is that all the principalities in history have been governed in two ways: either by a prince and his servants, in which case the ministers who help him govern do so by his favor and concession, or by a prince and a group of barons, who hold their rank not by his favor but by the rights of their bloodline. These barons have their own states and subjects, who recognize them as their lords and have a natural affection for them. In those states where a prince and his servants govern, the prince has more authority, as in all his territory there is no man who is considered superior to him.
They will not be capable of uniting to elect a prince from among themselves, and they do not know how to live in freedom without a prince. Consequently, they are slower at taking up arms, and a new prince can win and secure them with greater ease. But in republics there is more vitality, more hatred, and more desire for revenge. The memory of former freedom simply will not leave the people in peace. In this case the safest course is for the prince either to destroy them or to go and live there himself.
12 The wish to acquire is a most natural thing, and men who manage to acquire are always applauded (or at least not blamed) when they succeed. What is an error and worthy of blame is when a man cannot acquire something, but desires to obtain it in any way he can. If Louis, for instance, could have conquered Naples with his own forces, he should have done so. If he could not, he should have desisted, and not opted for sharing Naples with another power. It is excusable that he shared Lombardy with the Venetians, because that was how he managed to secure a foothold in Italy, but that he shared Naples merits blame, because it cannot be excused by any such necessity.