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The Prince; Leviathan, or, Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiastical and Civil
The Prince Leviathan or Matter Form and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiastical and Civil Author:Nicolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes How many kinds of principalities there are, and by what means they are acquired? -- Concerning hereditary principalities -- Concerning mixed principalities -- Why the kingdom of Darius, conquered by Alexander, did not rebel against the successors of Alexander at his death -- Concerning the way to govern cities or principalities which lived under... more » their own laws before they were annexed -- Concerning new principalities which are acquired by one's own arms and ability -- Concerning new principalities which are acquired either by the arms of others or by good fortune -- Concerning those who have obtained a principality by wickedness -- Concerning a civil principality -- Concerning the way in which the strength of all principalities ought to be measured -- Concerning ecclesiastical principalities -- How many kinds of soldiery there are, and concerning mercenaries -- Concerning auxiliaries, mixed soldiery, and one's own -- That which concerns a prince on the subject of the art of war -- Concerning things for which men, and especially princes, are praised or blamed -- Concerning liberality and meanness -- Concerning cruelty and clemency, and whether it is better to be loved than feared -- Concerning the way in which princes should keep faith -- That one should avoid being despised and hated -- Are fortresses, and many other things to which princes often resort, advantageous or hurtful? -- How a prince should conduct himself so as to gain renown -- Concerning the secretaries of princes -- How flatterers should be avoided -- Why the princes of Italy have lost their states -- What fortune can effect in human affairs and how to withstand her -- An exhortation to liberate Italy from the barbarians.
Author's work of political philosophy addressing the idea that obedience to authority especially in the form of a large bureaucracy such as the political state is really just a natural response of human nature.« less