Analysis Of Nicolo Machiavelli's The Prince

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The book “The Prince” was made by Nicolo Machiavelli and is still followed by politicians to this day. Nicolo Machiavelli was an Italian politician, writer, historian, philosopher and humanist in the 16th century who wrote a book describing many aspects on how he believed the “Perfect Prince” should act like. Many people say that Machiavelli would (in some aspect) consider Adolf Hitler a true prince. Adolf Hitler was born in a small village in Austria called Braunau on April 20th, 1889. He was the leader of the Nazis and led the Germans into WW11 (1939-1945).During his “reign” Hitler definitely showed the Machiavellian principles of being a loved, feared and trustworthy leader who wasn’t afraid to act drastically and quickly.
The Machiavellian philosophy of “it is best to be loved AND feared; if you can’t be both, then be feared.” applies to Adolf Hitler because he was both feared and loved. After WW1, Germany was in bad shape and when Hitler came and assured the people recovery, they could not refuse. In return Hitler brought down the unemployment in Germany from 7 million to only 1 million in 12 months. But Hitler knew how to maintain his leadership; he was feared by his enemies. Any of Hitler’s political opponents would either be commanded to be scared away or killed by the Nazi SS and Gestapo (the secret police). An example is the “Night of the Long Knifes” where 77 political leaders were
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He did punish hard, fast and all at once countless times during the holocaust and he was loved by his people but feared by his enemies. However, the only way he was not a “real prince” was by keeping most of his promises to his people, but this did not stop his rise to power, it merely helped him. With all of this information we can see that Hitler indeed followed the manual of Nicolo Machiavelli, “The Prince” to become one of the most remembered leaders of all

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