HISTORY FORUM: Machiavelli’s “The Prince” and the “Art” of Governing

An Interesting documentary on Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) author of The Prince a first major yet controversial study on the Art of Politics. With thoughts by Henry Kissinger, Gary Hart, Robert Harriman amongst others.

The Character of The Prince was based on a César Borgia and  SpanishItalian condottiero, lord, politician, and cardinal who was a contemporary Leader of Machiavelli:

Orson Welles as César Borgia in 1949 film Prince of Foxes:

And Welles as the cynical Harry Lime in Carol Reed’s Third Man (1949):

Documentary on Machiavelli’s The Prince ( In 5 Parts)

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Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian philosopher/writer, and is considered one of the main founders of modern political science.He was a diplomat, political philosopher, musician, and a playwright, but foremost, he was a civil servant of the Florentine Republic. In June of 1498, after the ouster and execution of Girolamo Savonarola, the Great Council elected Machiavelli as Secretary to the second Chancery of the Republic of Florence.

Like Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli is considered a good example of the Renaissance Man. He is most famous for a short political treatise, The Prince, written in 1513, but not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli’s death. Although he privately circulated The Prince among friends, the only work he published in his lifetime was The Art of War, about high-military science. Since the sixteenth century, generations of politicians remain attracted and repelled by the cynical approach to power posited in The Prince and his other works.

Whatever his personal intentions, which are still debated today, his surname yielded the modern political word Machiavellianism—the use of cunning and deceitful tactics in politics. More Here


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