The Prince - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Summary

There are three ways to keep a state that is accustomed to ruling itself. The first way is to destroy its civil and political structure. The second is to go live there. The third is to set up a puppet government and let the land rule itself.

There are many examples of rulers who lost territories when they tried to set up a conqueror-friendly puppet government. Usually the people in the government will be very loyal because they know they will not survive without the support of the prince who put them there. They will also have an easier time ruling than the conqueror would. It is much easier for a state of formerly free people to be controlled by their own citizens.

The surest way to keep a conquered state is to destroy it. Anyone who becomes the ruler of a formerly free state will be...

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