The Moral of the Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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The Moral of the ‘The Prince”, by Niccolo Machiavelli In this intriguing essay, I will look to investigate the moral and the theme behind the book, ‘The Prince” originally written in 1513 by a former Italian Politician Niccolo Machiavelli, and then will attempt to try and show how the teachings of the ‘The Prince’, to our workplace to give it relevance in the present, even though it was written more than half a century year ago. Before going into this essay into detail, it is certainly important to examine who Niccolo Machiavelli was and the reasons as to why he wrote this book. To look at the reasons behind it, and the current political volatile situation in Italy at the time, threats from Spain and France for example. This would have had a direct Impact on Italy and mostly in a city like Florence, with a growing political scene that had suffered for most of it’s life. Plenty of political power and perhaps more importantly the struggle around Machiavelli with lots of different factions looking to take control of the principality. Machiavelli was very much a simple man from a simple background. He spent his life as a mid-level government employee, working quite comfortably within the Florence republic until it collapsed in 1507, and then was exiled out, and accused of treason. This is when he found time to write the book “The Prince”, which he wanted to give to the government of Florence, the Medici Family. This can also be proven by the fact that the book was dedicated to Medici’s Grandson. The book itself can be looked at as a handbook to a Renaissance Prince, how to gain power and more importantly, how to keep it, which was important in a society as volatile as Florence was in the 1500’s. What’s incredible is that Machiavelli praises the leaders and holds respect for those that have just ignored moral repercussions and have concentrated on just getting the

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