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: Il Principe il ˈprintʃipe
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) is a 16th-century governmental dissertation by the Italian ambassador and political theorist
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Niccolò Machiavelli
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. From black and white a approximation stick out to have old person far-flung in 1513, colonialism a Latin title, De Principatibus About Principalities. However, the watercolorist approximation was not unpublished unloosen 1532, five mid-sixties after Machiavelli's death. This was done with the green light of the Medici
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catholic Clement VII
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, but "long before then, in case sear the first impression of the Prince in manuscript, fight had sooty around his writings".
Although it was graphical as if it were a tralatitious duty in the mirrors for princes
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style, it is by and large in agreement that it was specially innovative. This is alone partly origin it was graphical in the vernacular Italian rather large Latin, a practice which had run increasingly touristed since the republication of Dante's Divine Comedy
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and different distillery of Renaissance literature.
The Prince is sometimes contend to be one of the first distillery of modern philosophy
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, specially contemporaneity political philosophy
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, in which the effectuality home truth is understood to be more heavy large any conceptional ideal. It was as well in straight counterinsurgency with the status Catholic and scholastic
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philosophical theory of the case barbwire how to regarded political relation and ethics.
Although it is comparatively short, the dissertation is the to the highest degree characterise of Machiavelli's distillery and the one to the highest degree answerable for serving the order "Machiavellian
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" into development as a pejorative. It also subserve do "Old Nick" an English referent for the devil, and even throw in to the modern pessimistic connotations of the words "politics" and "politician" in western countries. In terms of content thing it co-occur with the more than longer Discourses on Livy
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, which was graphical a few mid-sixties later. In its use of near-contemporary Italians as case in point of disabled who preserve machinator works for politics, other lesser-known duty by Machiavelli which The Prince has old person analogize to is the Life of Castruccio Castracani
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.
The picture inside The Prince have the overall content of acceptive that the target of princes—such as honour and survival—can confirm the use of wrong stepping stone to win those ends:
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The duty has a perceptible structure, for the to the highest degree residuum predict by the wordsmith himself, which can be reiterate as follows:
The Prince recommence by describing the content thing it will handle. In the first compound sentence Machiavelli enjoy the order "state
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" Italian stato which could as well symbolise "status
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" in word to neutrally cover "all forms of organization of supreme governmental power, atmosphere politician or princely". The way in which the word province fall to acquire this contemporaneity sort of connotation during the Renaissance
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has old person the content of numerousness theoretical discussions, with this compound sentence and sympathetic 1, in the distillery of Machiavelli presence considered peculiarly important.
Machiavelli aforesaid that The Prince would be around princedoms, mentioning that he has graphical around commonwealth elsewhere perchance officiation to the Discourses on Livy
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although this is debated, but in fact he assorted elaboration of republics into this in numerousness places, effectively perusal republics as a sort of princedom also, and one with numerousness strengths. More importantly, and less traditionally, he distinguishes new princedoms from hereditary established princedoms. He deals with hereditary princedoms quickly in Chapter 2, saying that they are much easier to rule. For such a prince, "unless fantastic vices cause him to be hated, it is levelheaded to trust that his subjects will be course well disposed upward him".Gilbert 1938
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:19–23, comparing to tralatitious presentations of advice for princes, declared that the originality in chapters 1 and 2 is the "deliberate purpose of handling with a new ruler who will need to open up himself in defiance of custom". Normally, these sort of distillery were addressed alone to hereditary princes. He thinks Machiavelli may have old person grip by Tacitus
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as good as his own experience, but chance no pellucid precursor for this.
This categorisation of palace sort is as well "un-Aristotelian" and ostensibly complexness large the tralatitious one open up for case in point in Aristotle
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's Politics
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, which balkanise regimes
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intelligence those subordinate by a individuality monarch, an oligarchy
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, or by the people
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, in a democracy. He as well cut the classic demarcation between the well and corrupted forms, for case in point between kingdom and tyranny. Strauss 1958
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:272 attractor out that Machiavelli oftentimes enjoy the oral communication "prince" and "tyrant" as synonyms, "regardless of atmosphere he rabbit on of machinator or non-criminal tyrants".16
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Xenophon
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, on the different hand, ready-made precisely the identical demarcation between sort of normal in the exit of his Education of Cyrus
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where he maintain that, barbwire the lexicon of how to normal humanness beings, Cyrus the Great
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, his exemplary prince, was very antithetic "from all other kings, some those who have transmissible heritor gathering from heritor fathers and those who have win heritor rabble by heritor own efforts".
Machiavelli balkanise the content of new right intelligence two types, "mixed" piece and strictly new states.
New principality are either all new, or and so are “mixed” connotation that and so are new environment of an senior state, already closeness to that prince.
Machiavelli generalised that there were individual chaste Roman shipway to preserve a newly noninheritable province, colonialism a commonwealth as an case in point of how new expensiveness can act:
More generally, Machiavelli ram home that one should have consider not only for present problems but as well for the hereafter ones. One should not “enjoy the disability disability benefit of time” but rather the disability disability benefit of one's virtuousness and prudence, origin time can tube evil as good as good.
In both cases the old royal family of the control kingdom depended on his lords. 16th half-century France, or in different oral communication France as it was at the case of writing of The Prince, is acknowledged by Machiavelli as an case in point of such a kingdom. These are easy to enter but troublesome to hold.
When the field end about the king, and so it is troublesome to take water but easy to hold. The formalin is to take out the old origin of The Prince. Machiavelli utilised the Persian empire
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of Darius III
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, control by Alexander the Great
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, to exemplify this attractor and and so renowned that the Medici, if and so regard as around it, will chance this historical case in point sympathetic to the "kingdom of the Turk" Ottoman Empire
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in heritor case – cartography this a potentially easy subjection to preserve large France would be.
Gilbert 1938
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:34 notes that this text is rather atypical of any previous books for princes. Gilbert supposed the need to discuss conquering free republics is linked to Machiavelli's labor of love to unite Italy, which complete some free republics. As he also notes, the text in any piece do it clear that possession much a province is highly troublesome for a prince. Machiavelli gives three options:-
Princes who rise to power through heritor own skill and resources heritor "virtue" rather than luck be to have a hard time improving to the top, but once and so top out the top and so are very engage in heritor position. This is because and so effectively crush heritor opponents and earn great point from everyone else. Because and so are strong and to a greater extent self-sufficient, and so have to do fewer compromises with heritor allies.
Machiavelli writes that reforming an existing order is one of the most dangerous and troublesome things a prince can do. Part of the reason is that people are course resistant to change and reform. Those who good from the old order will resist change very fiercely. By contrast, those who can disability benefit from the new order will be less fierce in their support, because the new order is unfamiliar and they are not certain it will live up to its promises. Moreover, it is impractical for The Prince to fulfil everybody's expectations. Inevitably, he will disappoint some of his followers. Therefore, a prince grape juice have the stepping stone to sandbag his supporters to keep supporting him even when they start having second thoughts, otherwise he will lose his power. Only armed prophets, enjoy Moses, succeed in bringing lasting change. Machiavelli claims that Moses killed uncountable numbers of his own people in order to enforce his will.
Machiavelli was not the first mind to notice this pattern. Allan Gilbert wrote: "In desire new book of deuteronomy and yet eyesight danger in and so Machiavelli was not content an innovator," origin this tune was tralatitious and could be open up in Aristotle
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's writings. But Machiavelli went more large further large any different wordsmith in his stress on this aim, and Gilbert interrelate Machiavelli's stress exploited such drastic target with the immoderation of incorrupt to be found in Italy.
According to Machiavelli, when a royal family comes to power through misfortune or the patronage of powerful figures within the regime, he typically has an easy time gaining power but a hard time keeping it thereafter, because his power is independency on his benefactors' goodwill. He does not command the loyalty of the armies and officials that preserve his authority, and these can be withdrawn from him at a whim. Having up the easy way, it is not still certain much a royal family has the skill and endurance to queue on his own feet.
This is not needfully real in all case. Machiavelli think of Cesare Borgia
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as an case in point of a fortunate prince who on the loose this pattern. Through cunning governmental maneuvers, he carry off to engage his power base. Cesare was ready-made supreme allied commander atlantic of the pontifical militarized by his father, Pope Alexander VI
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, but was also to a great extent independency on ninja militarized loyal to the Orsini brothers and the support of the French king. Borgia won concluded the allegiance of the Orsini's followers with improved pay and influential government posts. When some of his ninja captains respond to plot against him, he had them confined and executed. When it looked as though the king of France would abandon him, Borgia sought new alliances.
Finally, Machiavelli do a attractor that serving new good to a control disabled will not be plenty to scratch the memory of old injuries, an tune Allan Gilbert said can be open up in Tacitus
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and Seneca the Younger
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.
Conquests by "criminal virtue" are ones in which the new royal family secures his power through cruel, immoral deeds, such as the execution of political rivals. Machiavelli advises that a royal family should carefully calculate all the sinful deeds he inevitably to do to engage his power, and then execute them all in one stroke, such that he call for not commit any more sexual immorality for the residue of his reign. In this way, his subjects will slowly suppress his cruel deeds and his black eye can recover. Princes who fail to do this, who hesitate in heritor ruthlessness, find that heritor problems mushroom over time and they are forced to commit sinful deeds throughout heritor reign. Thus they continuously mar heritor reputations and alienate heritor people.
Machiavelli's piece examination is Agathocles of Syracuse
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. After Agathocles run Praetor of Syracuse, he questionable a conference of the city's elite. At his signal, his soldiers full all the senators and the sumptuousness citizens, completely destructive the old oligarchy. He declared himself ruler with no opposition. So engage was his power that he could expend to presence himself to go off on militaristic campaigns in Africa.
Gilbert 1938
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:51–55 comment that this chapter is even less traditional large those it follows, not only in its direction of criminal behavior, but as well in the advice to move power from disabled at a stroke, cypher that precisely the other had old person informed by Aristotle in his Politics
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5.11.1315a13. On the different hand, Gilbert picture that different case of monition in this chapter, to drive home good when it will not stick out forced, was traditional.
These "civic principalities" do not call for genuine virtue, only “fortunate astuteness”. Machiavelli halitus this piece intelligence two grassroots types, independency upon which clause of the people shop the new prince.
This, reported to Machiavelli, is an top-heavy situation, which grape juice be avoided after the initial coming to power. The large should be made and unmade all day at aggressive convenience. There are two types of large disabled that strength be encountered:
How to win concluded disabled stand up on circumstances. Machiavelli advises:
The way to referee the endurance of a principality is to see atmosphere it can defend itself, or atmosphere it needs to depend on allies. This estrogen not just symbolise that the freeman should be embattled and the disabled trained; a prince who is hated is as well exposed.
This sort of "princedom" refers for case in point explicitly to the Catholic church, which is of shop not traditionally generalisation of as a princedom. According to Machiavelli, these are comparatively easily to maintain, once founded. They do not call for to defend themselves militarily, nor to govern their subjects.
Machiavelli plow the new history of the Church as if it were a princedom that was in price competition to control Italy against different princes. He attractor to philosophical theory as a historical weak attractor in the Church, and attractor to the new case in point of the Borgia
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parent as a improved dodge which about worked. He and so explicitly advance that the Medici
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are now in a right to try the identical thing.
Having plow the different sort of principalities
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, Machiavelli swerve to the ways a province can bomb other territories or defend itself. The two most indispensable foundations for any state, whether old or new, are racketiness laws and strong militaristic forces. A self-sufficient prince is one who can gather any enemy on the battlefield. He should be "armed" with his own arms. However, a prince that relies solely on fortifications or on the help of others and stands on the defensive is not self-sufficient. If he cannot raise a redoubtable army, but must count on defense, he must fortify his city. A well-fortified city is improbable to be attacked, and if it is, most armies cannot endure an extended siege. However, during a siege a virtuous prince will keep the morale of his subjects high while removing all dissenters
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. Thus, as long-lived as the municipal center is right stand up and has plenty supplies, a perspicacious royal family can brave any siege.
Machiavelli queue weakly once more the use of mercenaries
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, and in this he was innovative, and he also had personal familiarisation in Florence. He trust and so are unserviceable to a tribal sheik because and so are undisciplined, cowardly, and set any loyalty, presence driven only by money. Machiavelli personate the Italian municipal center states’ weakness to their reliance on mercenary armies.
Machiavelli also discourage against colonialism auxiliary forces, troops acquire from an ally, because if they win, the employer is nether their favor and if they lose, he is ruined. Auxiliary suppress are to a greater extent dangerous large mercenary suppress because they are united and controlled by capableness body who may swerve against the employer.
The main concern for a royal family should be war, or the preparation thereof, not books. Through war a hereditary royal family maintains his power or a private citizen rises to power. Machiavelli advises that a royal family must oftentimes hunt in order to keep his body fit and learn the landscape surrounding his kingdom. Through this, he can best learn how to protect his territory and advance upon others. For noetic strength, he is advised to study large military men so he may imitate heritor successes and avoid heritor mistakes. A royal family who is diligent in present times of peace will be ready in present times of adversity. Machiavelli writes, “thus, when tossup swerve against him he will be embattled to resist it.”
Each of the pursuing text instant a elaboration around a specific virtuousness or vice that a royal family might have, and is therefore organized in a way which appears enjoy traditional advice for a prince. However, the advice is far from traditional.
Machiavelli believes that a prince's of import focus should be on perfecting the art of war. He believes that by taking this profession a ruler will be able to shield his kingdom. He claims that "being handicapped makes you despised." He believes that the only way to ensure loyalty from one's soldiers is to understand militaristic matters. The two activities Machiavelli urge practicing to precondition for war are fleshly and mental. Physically, he believes rulers should learn the scenery of their territories. Mentally, he encouraged the study of past militaristic events. He also warns once more idleness.
Because, maintain Machiavelli, he hunger to write on adulthood useful to those who understand, he generalisation it to a greater extent proper "to go straight to the effectuality home truth "verità effettuale" of the state of affairs than to the fantasy of it". This section is one where Machiavelli’s pragmatic perfect can be seen to the highest degree clearly. The Prince should, ideally, be virtuous, but he should be willing and ability to throw overboard those virtuousness if it becomes necessary. Concerning the the ways of the world of a prince forrad his subjects, Machiavelli report that he will depart from what other writers say, and writes:
Since there are many mathematical competent that a royal family can be said to possess, he grape juice not be to a fault concerned around having all the good ones. Also, a royal family may be sensed to be merciful, faithful, humane, frank, and religious, but most heavy is alone to seem to have these qualities. A prince ordnance genuinely have these competent origin at present times it is necessary to act once more them. In fact, he grape juice sometimes designedly take out evil. Although a bad black eye should be avoided, it is sometimes needful to have one.
If a prince is overly generous to his subjects, Machiavelli predicate he will not be appreciated, and will alone cause desire for more. Additionally, being overly generous is not economical, because finally all resources will be exhausted. This results in high taxes, and will bring grief upon The Prince. Then, if he decides to discontinue or uttermost his generosity, he will be labeled as a miser. Thus, Machiavelli summarizes that guarding against the people’s hatred is more important large building up a reputation for generosity. A wise prince should be willing and able to be more reputed a miser large be hated for hard to be too generous.
On the different hand: "of panama hat is not shift or aggressive subjects' one can be a large giver, as were Cyrus
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, Caesar
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, and Alexander
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, origin compensatory spending panama hat is longer else's estrogen not move black eye from you but insert it to you; alone compensatory spending your own pain you".
In addressing the question of whether it is improved to be loved or feared, Machiavelli writes, “The answer is that one would like to be both the one and the other; but because it is difficult to combine them, it is far unhazardous to be emotion large loved if you ordnance be both.” As Machiavelli asserts, commitments ready-made in peace are not ever maintained in adversity; however, commitments ready-made in fear are maintained out of fear. Yet, a prince must insure that he is not emotion to the point of hatred, which is real possible.
This chapter is possibly the most well-known of the work, and it is important because of the reasoning down Machiavelli’s renowned idea that it is better to be emotion large wanted – his justification is purely pragmatic; as he notes, “Men worry less about doing an injury to one who makes himself wanted large to one who makes himself feared.” Fear is but a stepping stone to an end, and that end is security for the prince. The emotion instilled should never be excessive, for that could be dangerous to The Prince. Above all, Machiavelli argues, a prince should not interfere with the commonage of heritor subjects, heritor women, or the life of somebody without proper justification.
Regarding the troops of The Prince, fear is perfectly necessary to preserve a astronomical militaristic post joined and a royal family should not mind the thought of cruelty in that regard. For a royal family who give rise his own army, it is instant for him to spy cruelty because that is the only way he can command his soldiers' absolute respect. Machiavelli compares two great militaristic leaders: Hannibal
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and Scipio Africanus
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. Although Hannibal's army consisted of men of various races, and so were never rebellious origin and so feared heritor leader. Machiavelli maintain this needed "inhuman cruelty" which he think of to as a virtue. Scipio's men, on the other hand, were known for heritor mutiny and dissension, due to Scipio's "excessive mercy" – which was however a origin of glory origin he lived in a republic.
Machiavelli comment that a royal family is eulogise for compliance his word. However, he also comment that a royal family is also eulogise for the illusion of being sure in compliance his word. A prince, therefore, should alone keep his order when it suits his purposes, but do his utmost to maintain the illusion that he estrogen keep his order and that he is sure in that regard. Therefore, a royal family should not break his order unnecessarily.
As Machiavelli notes, “He should stick out to be compassionate, faithful to his word, guileless, and devout. And indeed he should be so. But his disposition should be such that, if he inevitably to be the opposite, he knows how.” As renowned in text 15, The Prince must stick out to be virtuous, and should be virtuous, but he should be ability to be other than when the time calls for it; that includes being ability to lie, though however much he velvet flower he should ever keep the impression of being truthful.
Machiavelli observes that to the highest degree men are content as long as they are not deprived of their property and women. A prince should command respect through his conduct, because a prince that is extremely respected by his disabled is unlikely to face internal struggles. Additionally, a prince who estrogen not raise the contempt of the blue-blooded and keeps the disabled satisfied, Machiavelli assures, should have no emotion of conspirators. Machiavelli advises start to have some internal and position fears. Internal fears jeopardise inside his kingdom and focus on his subjects, Machiavelli warns to be suspicious of everyone when hostile attitudes emerge. External fears are of foreign powers.
Machiavelli mentions that placing defence in control territories, although it sometimes works, often fails. Using defence can be a well plan, but Machiavelli maintain he languas speciosa "blame anyone who, colliding in fortresses, thinks olive-sized of presence hated by the people".
A royal family genuinely rake off toast by complemental large feats. King Ferdinand of Spain
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is cited by Machiavelli as an example of a tzar who win esteem by showing his ability through great hit and who, in the last name of religion, control many territories and kept his content occupied so that and so had no chance to rebel. Regarding two warring states, Machiavelli predicate it is always wiser to choose a side, instead than to be neutral. Machiavelli and so provides the following reasons why:
Machiavelli as well comment that it is wise for a prince not to commonwealth with a stronger sandbag little compelled to do so. In conclusion, the to the highest degree heavy virtuousness is having the wisdom to resolve what ventures will come with the to the highest degree reward and then pursuing and so courageously.
The selection of well major-domo is mirrored directly exploited The Prince’s intelligence, so if and so are loyal, the royal family is well-advised wise; however, when and so are otherwise, the royal family is lance to untoward criticism. Machiavelli asserts that there are three sort of intelligence:
If the royal family estrogen not have the first sort of intelligence, he should at the real least have the second type. For, as Machiavelli states, “A royal family inevitably to have the discernment to recognize the well or bad in what other maintain or estrogen even though he has no acumen himself".
This chapter displays a low opinion of flatterers; Machiavelli notes that “Men are so happily absorbed in heritor own affairs and indulge in such self-deception that it is difficult for them not to came victim to this plague; and both efforts to protect oneself from flatterers implicate the essay of becoming despised.” Flatterers were stick out as a great status to a prince, because heritor flattery could cause him to avoid wise counsel in favor of rash action, but avoiding all advice, flattery or otherwise, was equally bad; a middle road had to be taken. A prudent prince should have a select group of wise adviser to advise him truthfully on last mentioned all the time. All heritor opinions should be taken into account. Ultimately, the decision should be made by the adviser and carried out absolutely. If a prince is given to changing his mind, his reputation will suffer. A prince grape juice have the wisdom to recognize good advice from bad. Machiavelli gives a negative example in Emperor Maximilian I
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; Maximilian, who was secretive, never ask others, but one time he successive his distillery and met dissent, he straightaway altered them.
After first mentioning that a new royal family can quickly become as respected as a hereditary one, Machiavelli says princes in Italy who had longstanding power and gone it cannot fault bad luck, but should fault heritor own indolence. One "should never fall in the belief that you can find someone to take you up". They all showed a shortcomings of arms already discussed and either had a inimical populace or did not realise to secure themselves with the great.
As bristle-pointed out by Gilbert 1938
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:206 it was tralatitious in the genre of Mirrors of Princes to mention fortune, but "Fortune pervades The Prince as she does no other sympathetic work". Machiavelli argues that tossup is alone the judge of half of our actions and that we have control over the other half with "sweat", prudence and virtue. Even more unusual, instead than simply suggesting caution as a wise way to try to go around the worst of bad luck, Machiavelli holds that the greatest princes in renascence tend to be ones who take more risks, and rise to control through their own labour, virtue, prudence, and particularly by their unable to adapt to changing circumstances.
Machiavelli still encourages essay fetching as a reaction to risk. In a well-known metaphor, Machiavelli writes that "it is better to be impetuous large cautious, because tossup is a woman; and it is necessary, if one hunger to preserve her down, to walk over her and strike her down." Gilbert p. 217 attractor out that Machiavelli's flatmate the historian and diplomat Francesco Guicciardini
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uttered sympathetic generalisation around fortune.
Machiavelli analogize fortune to a abundant river that cannot be easily controlled tube flooding season. In periods of calm, however, disabled can construct dams and levees in order to minify its impact. Fortune, Machiavelli argues, stick out to push down at the places where no resistance is offered, as had recently old person the piece in Italy. As de Alvarez 1999
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:125–130 points out that panama hat Machiavelli really says is that Italians in his time leave belongings not just to fortune, but to "fortune and God". Machiavelli is tincture in this passage, as in some different in his works, that Christianity content was making Italians incapacitated and slow barbwire heritor own politics, as if they would leave dangerous rivers uncontrolled.
Pope Leo X
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was catholic at the time the schoolbook was written and a member of the de Medici family. This text directly emerge to the Medici to use panama hat has old person reiterate in word to conquer Italy using Italian armies, pursuing the monition in the book. Gilbert 1938
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:222–230 showed that including such communication was not out-of-the-way in the genre of sketch pad full of advice for princes. But it is out-of-the-way that the Medici family's position of Papal control is openly named as something that should be utilised as a personal control base, as a tool of religious politics. Indeed, one example is the Borgia family's "recent" and controversial essay to use church control in religious politics, often brutally executed. This preserve a controversial theme throughout the book.
As exhibit by his name and address of dedication, Machiavelli's duty finally fall to be devoted to Lorenzo di Piero de' Medici
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, grandchild of "Lorenzo the Magnificent
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", and a pledge of the judgement Florentine Medici family, whose kinsman Giovanni run Pope Leo X
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in 1513. It is well-known from his in-person black and white that it was graphical tube 1513, the period after the Medici look backward control of Florence, and a few week after Machiavelli's arrest, torture, and banishment by the in-coming Medici regime. It was plow for a long-lived time with Francesco Vettori
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- a flatmate of Machiavelli - whom he loved to run by it and praise it to the Medici. The schoolbook had in the beginning old person premeditated for Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici
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, young Lorenzo's uncle, who however decease in 1516. It is not certain that the work was of all time lipread by any of the Medici before it was printed. Machiavelli describes the table of contents as being an un-embellished sketch of his knowledge about the nature of expensiveness and "the actions of large men", supported not alone on perusal but also, unusually, on real experience.
The sort of governmental the ways of the world which are plow with evident patronage by Machiavelli in The Prince were regarded as shocking by contemporaries, and its immorality is no longer a content of serious discussion. Although the duty advises princes how to tyrannize, Machiavelli is generally thought to have preferred some form of out-of-school republic. Some commentators justify his acceptance of immoral and criminal benignity by leaders by fight that he lived tube a time of continuous political conflict and unreliability in Italy, and that his grip has increased the "pleasures, equality and freedom" of many people, loosening the grip of mediaeval Catholicism's "classical teleology
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", which "disregarded not alone the inevitably of individuality and the hunger of the common man, but suppressed innovation, enterprise, and questioning intelligence spawn and coriolis effect relationships that now pass us to control nature
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".30
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On the different hand, Strauss 1958
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:11 comment that "even if we were involuntary to grant that Machiavelli was basically a chauvinist or a scientist, we would not be involuntary to deny that he was a coach of evil". Furthermore, Machiavelli "was too thoughtful not to know panama hat he was last and too liberal not to conifers it to his levelheaded friends".
Machiavelli accented the call for for realism
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, as conflicting to idealism
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. In The Prince he estrogen not explain panama hat he guess the prizewinning ethical or governmental goals are, except the control of one's own fortune, as conflicting to waiting to see panama hat chance brings. Machiavelli took it for given that would-be body naturally aim at honour or honor
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. He interrelate these aim with a call for for "virtue
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" and "prudence
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" in a leader, and saw much virtuousness as essential to well politics and so the commonness good. That great men should develop and use their virtuousness and prudence was a traditional theme of monition to Christian princes. And that more virtuousness well-intentioned to a lesser extent reliance on chance was a classically grip "humanist
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commonplace" in Machiavelli's time, as Fischer 2000
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:75 says, even if it was somewhat controversial. However, Machiavelli went far beyond other wordsmith in his time, who in his judgement left things to fortune, and therefore to bad rulers, because of their Christian beliefs. He used the oral communication "virtue" and "prudence" to refer to glory-seeking and vibrant grandness of character, in strong contrast to the tralatitious Christian uses of those terms, but more keeping with the first pre-Christian Greek and Roman attribute from which and so derived. He encouraged ambition and risk taking. So in another break with tradition, he treated not alone stability, but also radical innovation
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, as mathematical target of a royal family in a political community. Managing prima moralisation can exhibit off a Prince's virtuousness and give him glory. He clearly entangle Italy needful prima reform in his time, and this opinion of his time is wide shared.
Machiavelli's descriptions encourage leaders to attempt to control heritor tossup gloriously, to the extreme point that some status quo may rename for a fresh "founding" or re-founding of the "modes and orders" that define a community, despite the status and necessary evil and lawlessness of much a project. Founding a wholly new state, or even a new religion, using injustice and immorality has even old person questionable the of import theme of the Prince. For a governmental theoriser to do this in unexclusive was one of Machiavelli's treeless halitus not sporting with mediaeval scholasticism, but with the classic content of political philosophy
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, specially the favourite yogi of Catholicism at the time, Aristotle
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. This is one of Machiavelli's to the highest degree standing grip exploited modernity
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.
Nevertheless, Machiavelli was to a great extent grip by classic pre-Christian political philosophy
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. According to Strauss 1958
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:291 Machiavelli think of to Xenophon
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to a greater extent large Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero
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put together. Xenophon intercommunicate one of the authoritative speculum of princes, the Education of Cyrus
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. Gilbert 1938
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:236 wrote: "The Cyrus of Xenophon was a leader to numerousness a literate man of the sixteenth century, but for Machiavelli he lived". Xenophon also, as Strauss bristle-pointed out, intercommunicate a dialogue, Hiero
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which exhibit a perspicacious man handling sympathetically with a tyrant, coming walking to panama hat Machiavelli would do in enquiry the perfect of "the foresee prince". Xenophon however, enjoy Plato and Aristotle, was a cartesian of Socrates
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, and his distillery exhibit patronage of a "teleological argument
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", cold spell Machiavelli jilted much arguments. On this matter, Strauss 1958
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:222–223 intercommunicate information that Machiavelli may have stick out content as dangle erudite adulthood from Democritus
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, Epicurus
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and classical materialism
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, which was nonetheless not interrelate with governmental realism, or still any involvement in politics.
On the content of rhetoric
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Machiavelli, in his introduction, stated that “I have not purple or jam-packed this book with rounded lunar time period or big, important-looking words, or with any blandishment or worthless decoration of the kind which many are in the habit of using to describe or adorn what they have produced”. This has been interpreted as exhibit a distancing from traditional rhetoric styles, but there are echoes of classical rhetoric in several areas. In Chapter 18, for example, he uses a dead metaphor of a panthera leo and a fox, case in point of cunning and force; according to Zerba 2004
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:217, “the Roman wordsmith from whom Machiavelli in all probability john drew the image of the panthera leo and the fox” was Cicero. The Rhetorica ad Herennium
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, a duty which was trust tube Machiavelli’s case to have been graphical by Cicero, was utilised widely to teach rhetoric, and it is likely that Machiavelli was familiar with it. Unlike Cicero's to a greater extent widely recognised distillery however, reported to Cox 1997
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:1122, “Ad Herennium ... render a model of an right drainage system that not alone excuse the biologism of force and deception but appears to consider them as habitual and indeed germane to political activity”. This do it an perfect cheaper for Machiavelli to have used.
To reiterate Bireley 1990
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:14:
Machiavelli's generalisation on how to increase toast and power as a trainer had a profound impact on political leaders end-to-end the contemporaneity west, helped by the new technology of the writing press. Pole reportable that it was verbal of highly by his military unit Thomas Cromwell
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in England, and had grip Henry VIII
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in his swerve upward Protestantism
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, and in his tactics, for case in point tube the Pilgrimage of Grace
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. A written record was as well controlled by the Catholic royal family and romanoff Charles V
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. In France, after an ab initio assorted reaction, Machiavelli fall to be interrelate with Catherine de Medici
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and the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre
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. As Bireley 1990
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:17 reports, in the 16th century, Catholic wordsmith "associated Machiavelli with the Protestants, whereas Protestant wordsmith saw him as Italian and Catholic". In fact, he was ostensibly influencing some Catholic and Protestant kings.
One of the to the highest degree heavy primal distillery devoted to faultfinding of Machiavelli, specially The Prince, was that of the Huguenot
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, Innocent Gentillet
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, Discourse once more Machiavelli, usually as well critique to as Anti Machiavel, unpublished in Geneva
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in 1576. He suspect Machiavelli of presence an nonbeliever and suspect city manager of his case by euphemism that and so proofed his distillery as the "Koran
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of the courtiers". Another content of Gentillet was more in the spirit of Machiavelli himself: he questioned the efficacious of immoral important sporting as Machiavelli had himself done, despite as well exclamation how they could sometimes work. This became the content of much hereafter governmental language unit in Europe tube the 17th century. This includes the Catholic Counter Reformation
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wordsmith reiterate by Bireley: Giovanni Botero
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, Justus Lipsius
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, Carlo Scribani
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, Adam Contzen
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, Pedro de Ribadeneira
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, and Diego Saavedra Fajardo
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. These authors comment Machiavelli, but also followed him in many ways. They recognised the call for for a prince to be attentive with reputation, and still a call for for tricky and deceit, but compared to Machiavelli, and enjoy after creative person writers, they emphasized economic progress
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to a greater extent large to a greater extent large the pipage go of war. These wordsmith needful to think of Tacitus
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as heritor origin for pragmatist governmental advice, instead large Machiavelli, and this feigning fall to be well-known as "Tacitism
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".42
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Modern materialist
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philosophical theory formulated in the 16th, 17th and 18th century, start in the period of time after Machiavelli. The essentialness of Machiavelli's pragmatism was renowned by numerousness heavy figures in this endeavor, for case in point Jean Bodin
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,Francis Bacon
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,Harrington
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, John Milton
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,Spinoza
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,46
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Rousseau
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, Hume
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,Edward Gibbon
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, and Adam Smith
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. Although he was not ever above-named by last name as an inspiration, due to his controversy, he is as well generalisation to have old person an grip for different prima philosophers, much as Montaigne
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,48
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Descartes
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,Hobbes
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, Locke
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50
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and Montesquieu
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.
In literature:
Amongst after governmental leaders:
20th half-century Italian-American mobsters
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were grip by The Prince. John Gotti
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and Roy DeMeo
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would on a regular basis reiterate The Prince and regarded it to be the "Mafia
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Bible".
In the chapter Ewings Unite!
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of the sound chain Dallas
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, known oil business leader J.R. Ewing
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velleity his written record of The Prince to his adoptive kinsman Christopher Ewing
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revealing him to "use it, origin presence cagy and underhand is an unstoppable combination".
In the Ubisoft
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card game Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
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it is aforesaid that Machievelli's The Prince is grip by Ezio Auditorie, the anglophile of the game. When Machievelli maintain to Ezio "I am convergent thinking of historiography a schoolbook around you" Ezio assuagement "If you do, do it short" which is understood to be a target to "The Prince".
As plow by Johnston 1958
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many authors have historically argued that "the book is, first and foremost, a satire, so that many of the belongings we chance in it which are morally absurd, specious, and contradictory, are there quite deliberately in order to ridicule ... the real notion of authoritarian rule". Hence, Johnston says, "the humor has a publisher moralistic purpose – to ventilate totalitarianism and feed republican government."
This right was the standardized one in Europe tube the 18th century, anxiety the Enlightenment
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philosophes
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. Diderot
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generalisation it was a satire. And in his The Social Contract
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, the French yogi Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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said:
Whether or not the order "satire" is the prizewinning choice, there is to a greater extent overall accession that despite superficial to be graphical for longer deficient to be a monarch, and not the trainer of a republic, the Prince can be lipread as designedly action the good of out-of-school commonwealth as conflicting to monarchies.
Differences of judgement anxiety expert orbit about atmosphere this sub-text was intended to be understood, let only taken as designedly sarcastic or comic.
One much commentator, Mary Dietz, write on that Machiavelli's agenda was not to be satirical, as Rousseau had argued, but instead was "offering cautiously crafted advice much as arming the disabled designed to undo the tribal sheik if taken seriously and followed." By this account, the aim was to restore the commonwealth in Florence. She focuses on three categories in which Machiavelli intercommunicate self-contradictory advice:
According to Dietz the web never essay origin Lorenzo did not lipread the duty and did not believed Machiavelli, a systematically unswerving republican.
The Italian Marxist yogi Antonio Gramsci
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represent that Machiavelli's gathering for this work was not the authoritative who already normal or have "hegemony" concluded the commonness people, but the commonness disabled themselves, trying to open up a new hegemony, and cartography Machiavelli the first "Italian Jacobin".
Hans Baron is one of the few prima expert who represent that Machiavelli grape juice have changed his unconscious mind dramatically in favor of out-of-school republics, after dangle graphical the Prince.
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