Date: March 29, 2007
Creator: Kniatt, Stacey & Johnson, Ken
Description: This presentation discusses a research study on Machiavelli's 'The Prince' as a satire. For centuries, scholars have viewed 'The Prince' as a work representative of Machiavelli's shift in political ideology; however, this work does not accurately reflect Machiavelli's true opinions. In 'The Prince', Machiavelli expressed his views about how a ruler should act. For many years, scholars took Machiavelli at his word: malice, nastiness, insincerity, and a lack of gratitude are characteristics of princes. Later scholars reexamined the work and started to doubt the seriousness of Machiavelli's message. In fact, several authors have suggested that Machiavelli wrote 'The Prince' as a résumé to the Medici family in hopes of securing a government position.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College