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The Prince

Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince has long been both praised and reviled for its message of moral relativism and political expediency. Although a large part is devoted to the mechanics of gaining and staying in power, Machiavelli's end purpose is to maintain a just and stable government. He is not ambiguous in stating his belief that committing a small cruelty to avert a larger is not only justifiable but required of a just ruler. Machiavelli gives a vivid portrayal of his world in the chaos and tumult of early-sixteenth-century Florence, Italy, and Europe. He uses both his contemporary political situation and that of the classical period to illustrate his precepts of statecraft.

The Prince has long been both praised and reviled for its message of moral relativism and political expediency. Although a large part is devoted to the mechanics of gaining and staying in power, Machiavelli's end purpose is to maintain a just and stable government. He is not ambiguous in stating his belief that committing a small cruelty to avert a larger is not only justifiable but required of a just ruler. Machiavelli gives a vivid portrayal of his world in the chaos and tumult of early-sixteenth-century Florence, Italy, and Europe. He uses both his contemporary political situation and that of the classical period to illustrate his precepts of statecraft.
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History

Description:

The Prince has long been both praised and reviled for its message of moral relativism and political expediency. Although a large part is devoted to the mechanics of gaining and staying in power, Machiavelli's end purpose is to maintain a just and stable government. He is not ambiguous in stating his belief that committing a small cruelty to avert a larger is not only justifiable but required of a just ruler. Machiavelli gives a vivid portrayal of his world in the chaos and tumult of early-sixteenth-century Florence, Italy, and Europe. He uses both his contemporary political situation and that of the classical period to illustrate his precepts of statecraft.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Shelly Frasier

Length:

3h 52m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

25:43


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:56


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:35