POSC292 Week 1 Internet Activity 1

The work of Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) is frequently cited as the inspiration for realist thinking in International Relations. Learn about Machiavelli’s life and times.   Then read excerpts from his famous primer on ruling, The Prince. Read the condensed version of chapters 12-24 especially carefully. If you are interested, you can also read the longer version of the Prince.

Answer the following questions about what you have read:

  1. How      does Machiavelli view human nature? Does he believe people are essentially      good and honest or bad and deceitful? How does his view influence his      advice? Give specific examples to support your answer.
  2. What      is Machiavelli’s position on whether it is better for a leader to be      feared or loved? Why?
  3. How      does Machiavelli feel about the need to maintain armed forces and the use      of war as an instrument of foreign policy?
  4. Does      Machiavelli still offer valuable advice or insight that present-day      leaders can use or are his views no longer relevant in today’s world? Give      examples.
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