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Each part of the Prince has been commented on over centuries. The work has a recognizable structure, for the most part indicated by the author himself. Machiavelli being considered particularly important. More importantly, and less traditionally, he distinguishes new princedoms from hereditary established princedoms. He deals with hereditary princedoms quickly in Chapter 2, saying that they are much easier to rule. For such a prince, “unless extraordinary vices cause him to be hated, it is reasonable to expect that his subjects will be naturally well disposed towards him”. 1 and 2 is the “deliberate purpose of dealing with a new ruler who will need to establish himself in defiance of custom”.
Normally, these types of works were addressed only to hereditary princes. He also ignores the classical distinctions between the good and corrupt forms, for example between monarchy and tyranny. Machiavelli divides the subject of new states into two types, “mixed” cases and purely new states. More generally, Machiavelli emphasizes that one should have regard not only for present problems but also for the future ones. In some cases the old king of the conquered kingdom depended on his lords. Machiavelli as an example of such a kingdom.
These are easy to enter but difficult to hold. When the kingdom revolves around the king, with everyone else his servant, then it is difficult to enter but easy to hold. The solution is to eliminate the old bloodline of the prince. Gilbert supposed the need to discuss conquering free republics is linked to Machiavelli’s project to unite Italy, which contained some free republics. As he also notes, the chapter in any case makes it clear that holding such a state is highly difficult for a prince. Machiavelli says the Romans eventually had to do in Greece, even though they had wanted to avoid it.
Let them keep their own orders but install a puppet regime. The Bible describes the reasons behind his success differently. This is because they effectively crush their opponents and earn great respect from everyone else. Because they are strong and more self-sufficient, they have to make fewer compromises with their allies.
Machiavelli writes that reforming an existing order is one of the most dangerous and difficult things a prince can do. Part of the reason is that people are naturally resistant to change and reform. Those who benefited from the old order will resist change very fiercely. By contrast, those who can benefit from the new order will be less fierce in their support, because the new order is unfamiliar and they are not certain it will live up to its promises. Moreover, it is impossible for the prince to satisfy everybody’s expectations. Inevitably, he will disappoint some of his followers. Therefore, a prince must have the means to force his supporters to keep supporting him even when they start having second thoughts, otherwise he will lose his power.
Only armed prophets, like Moses, succeed in bringing lasting change. Machiavelli claims that Moses killed uncountable numbers of his own people in order to enforce his will. Machiavelli was not the first thinker to notice this pattern. But Machiavelli went much further than any other author in his emphasis on this aim, and Gilbert associates Machiavelli’s emphasis upon such drastic aims with the level of corruption to be found in Italy. According to Machiavelli, when a prince comes to power through luck or the blessings of powerful figures within the regime, he typically has an easy time gaining power but a hard time keeping it thereafter, because his power is dependent on his benefactors’ goodwill.
He does not command the loyalty of the armies and officials that maintain his authority, and these can be withdrawn from him at a whim. Having risen the easy way, it is not even certain such a prince has the skill and strength to stand on his own feet. This is not necessarily true in every case. Through cunning political manoeuvrers, he managed to secure his power base. Orsini brothers and the support of the French king. Borgia won over the allegiance of the Orsini brothers’ followers with better pay and prestigious government posts. When some of his mercenary captains started to plot against him, he had them imprisoned and executed.