- Dec 2009
From such good points it could seemingly be deduced that this reading may not have any practical value for most of us at all.I recently read The Prince, and found it very informative for when I end up ruling an empire. I'm sure it'll come in handy.
It was an excellent read, though.
Far from that, if this work was a landmark in the history of philosophy and should be a must for most political analyses here and elsewhere, it's because it's extremely useful for the political analysis of the "Princes"; in plain words, any government.
IMHO, it's main message [in less than thirty words] is that most (if not all) History has been actually ruled by realpolitik, i.e. not based on theoretical or ethical objectives, but rather on practical and material factors.