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Acquiring Political Power under a Principality

Summary: Machiavelli and Thucydides both demonstrate how a ruler can use many aspects of human nature to their advantage when ruling a state. Although both authors wrote their books two thousand years apart, the similarities in their views, and references to those book that continue to the present day, reflect the lack of change in human nature through the centuries.
In The Prince, Machiavelli writes his analysis of how to acquire and sustain political power under a principality. It is his understanding of human nature and the ability to maintain control over people that make up the base for all of the other theories he puts forth. Machiavelli is able to recognize what it takes to balance the citizens somewhere between happy and scared, so to keep them from revolting while appearing united and strong discouraging others form invading. Thucydides shares a similar view of human nature, as he sees all people as being motivated by fear, honor, and self interest. Machiavelli and Thucydides both demonstrate how a ruler can use many aspects of human nature to their advantage when ruling a state.

The common thread that ties together all of Machiavelli's beliefs is his basic view of human nature. Machiavelli believes that humans...

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