Machiavelli's "The Prince". Essay

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The PrinceWhat would it take to be a Prince and stay in power? In the story of the Prince,Machiavelli writes about some controversial ways to keep power, if you were a Prince. Afterreading this story I asked my self the question, do I agree with Machiavelli's methods. If I werethe Prince and was presented with Machiavelli's treatise, I would accept and his ideas andadvice. Machiavelli, first makes the point of how a countries army's structure should work andwhat tactics won't work with the structure of an army. Machiavelli also shares some points onhow a leader, the Prince, should prepare his troops during times of war and peace. Throughoutthis story, Machiavelli introduces us to ideas that are tough to accept but in my opinion arevalid. The last point I agree with is Machiavelli's method to create and maintain power whichperhaps could make you a Prince.Machiavelli helps us better understand what kind of army and power works and whattactics do not work. His explanations of mercenaries, auxiliary troops, native troops, and mixedtroops is very powerful in helping one how to fight a war. Mercenaries are hired men whichlack faith and discipline. These men are both dangerous and useless because they are hired helpwho run many times if they are in danger. If a Prince is armed with a personal army, then theymay be protected from the treacherous back stabbers, known only as mercenaries. Auxiliarytroops are known as troops of neighboring countries, which are sent out to help the prince in aPg.2time of need. Auxiliary troops hold all the power of the prince in their hands. If they lose thePrince will lose; and if they win they'd have the power to take the prince and his rule away fromhim. Machiavelli gives examples of Princes which have used auxiliary army's and ran the riskof losing their empires. Machiavelli uses examples such as Constantinople and his use of Greekarmy's against the Turks or the Florentines use of the French against Pisa. Machiavelli nextspeaks of Native troops, which are formed by citizens or subjects. This seems to be the best typeof army, which is preferable in my opinion for a Prince to choose to go to war with. Troops whoare native born, will fight for their land with pride and faith. These type of soldiers would standup for your country and not run, if things became tough in war. The last type of army is onewhich consists of native troops and mercenaries, this is called a mixed army. This structure ofthe army has many negatives which can cost the Prince a battle lose. Louis XII used this methodand degraded his troops by hiring Swiss troops to fight. Once they were without Swiss troops hisarmy lacked the confidence to fight on. Machiaivelli outlines the many different structures ofarmy's which display both positive and negative qualities depending on which one you chose.Machiavelli shares advice with us how a Prince should prepare for war which is also critical fora Prince to rule an empire. During peace time, Machiavelli states...

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