Author(s): Niccolò Machiavelli
With notes and an apparatus, a new translation of Hegel's essay "Machiavelli's The Prince and Italy," and the first pages of The Prince in the original Italian
At the end of an industrious political career in conflict-riven Italy, the Florentine diplomat Niccolò Machiavelli composed his masterpiece The Prince, a classic study of power and politics, and a manual of ruthlessness for any ambitious ruler. Controversial in his own time, the work made Machiavelli's name a byword for manipulative scheming, and had an impact on such major figures as Napoleon and Frederick the Great. It contains principles as true today as when they were first written almost five centuries ago.
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527) was a quintessential Renaissance man. Interested in music, poetry and theatre, he was above all a diplomat and a historian. He is most famous for his treatise The Prince, which has become a cornerstone of modern political thought.