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It is important to
understand that there are certain key factors to be kept
in mind in any analysis of Niccolo Machiavelli’s most
famous work, "The Prince." Perhaps the most
notable of these is the relatively simple fact that
Machiavelli was not presenting his story from a malicious
viewpoint but from his beliefs regarding the true nature
of effective and powerful leadership. Regardless of the
fact that even his name has come to be equated with
cunning and political manipulation
("Machiavellian") in modern times, Machiavelli
himself was uniquely committed to the furtherance of the
agenda of a true leader.
Although it has often been criticized
for what is generally thought to be the author’s
advocacy of the admittedly harsh, unscrupulous methods of
obtaining power and in ruling, Machiavelli portrays the
successful actions that must be taken and that have made
for numerous great accomplishments. In "The
Prince" he uses illustrations from the lives of great
leaders such as Julius Caesar, Cesare Borgia, and even
Pope Julius II. Historians have pointed out that it is
likely Machiavelli exaggerated or distorted some details
regarding various rulers, but it is clear that he is not
merely spouting off his own philosophies, but had read,
observed and disseminated the most effective tools of the
great leaders into "The Prince."
For almost five hundred years, critics
have praised Machiavelli for his explicitness,
sophistication, authenticity, subtlety, and satire. Some
have viewed his writing as supporting a republican form of
government by exposing the faults of princedoms, and
praise his ability to separate political from moral
issues. Other critics condemn him for being naive,
promoting fraud, force, and immorality in politics, using
beneficial ends to justify evil means, and betraying
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