The Prince
Niccolò Machiavelli
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter Summaries
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Chapter Summary
Chapter 1-4

Chapter I: The Kinds of Principalities and the Means by Which They Are Acquired

Machiavelli provides a description of the v...

Chapter 5-7

Chapter V: How to Govern Cities and Principalities That, Prior to Being Occupied, Lived Under Their Own Laws

Machiavelli se...

Chapter 8-9

Chapter VIII

The author sets out three ways in which states that are accustomed to living freely with their own laws may be...

Chapter 10-11

Chapter X: How the Strength of All Principalities Should Be Measured

While a prince ought to always have the goal of mainta...

Chapter 12-14

Chapter XII: Concerning Various Kinds of Troops, and Especially Mercenaries

It is essential that princes build on strong fo...

Chapter 15-17

Chapter XV: Concerning Things for Which Men, and Princes Especially, Are Praised or Censured

Machiavelli transitions from d...

Chapter 18-19

Chapter XVIII: In What Way Princes Should Keep Their Word

The author acknowledges that people generally praise a prince who...

Chapter 20-23

Chapter XX: Whether Fortresses and Many Other Expedients That Princes Commonly Employ Are Useful or Not

In their defenses a...

Chapter 24-26

Chapter XXIV: Why the Princes of Italy Have Lost Their States

Machiavelli implies that if a new prince successfully complie...

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