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The prince : with related documents
  • Niccolò Machiavelli
  • William J. Connell
Widely read for its insights into history and politics, The Prince is one of the most provocative works of the Italian Renaissance. Based on Niccolò́ Machiavelli's observations of the effectiveness of both ancient and contemporary statesmen, the rules for governing set forth in his manual were considered radical and harsh by his contemporaries, and they have been thought shocking to many since then. William J. Connell's lucid introductory essay and translations of important related documents offer fresh insights into Machiavelli's life, the meaning of his work, the context in which he wrote, and his book's influence over time. Document headnotes, maps, a chronology of Machiavelli's life and career, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and an index provide further pedagogical support. For this new edition, the translation has been revised from top to bottom to reflect recent advances in our knowledge of the text in the original Italian and the circumstances of its composition.
  • Niccolò Machiavelli,
  • The Prince,
  • Il Principe,
  • Renaissance works,
  • Italian works
Publication Date
Bedford / St. Martin's
Bedford Series in History and Culture
Publisher Statement

On the 1st edition: "[Connell's Prince] will most likely meet with the favor of scholars and students alike for its precision, fluency, and rich apparatus of notes and documents.  ... [He] renders a real service ... by shedding light ... on the many reasons for its long and controversial success..."  --  Stefano U. Baldassarri, Journal of Italian Translation

On the 1st edition:  "In an age where history is becoming more and more a conceptual derivative, rather than the result of thorough research in archives and libraries, it is always refreshing to see someone placing Old Nick solidly within the framework of his times."  Niccolo Capponi, Journal of Military History
Citation Information
Niccolò Machiavelli and William J. Connell. The prince : with related documents. 2Boston(2016)
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