Journal of History School


A Prince’s Reply to “The Prince” in European Thought

There are historical breaking points effecting Europe’s intellectual world. Within the context of these breaking points, there are also names/thinkers that have shaped this intellectual world. There is no doubt that Machiavelli, as one of the most remarkable names of Renaissance Europe, is one of these names/thinkers. The political crises at the end of the 15th and the beginning of 16th century in Italy have been among the developments affected the philosopher’s world of thought. Although Machiavelli left many works behind, it would not be wrong to state that the “The Prince” is his mostly known, discussed and persistent work worldwide. The thoughts in the “The Prince” have created discussions from different perspectives in many different contexts. In this respect, there were also arguments developed against these thoughts. The aim of this study is to compare the work the “The Prince” written by Machiavelli with “Anti-Machiavel” or “The Refutation of Machiavelli’s Prince” being as an answer to the “Prince” written by Frederick the Great who got on the stage of history in 18th century Prussia.


Machiavelli, the Prince, Frederik the Great, Anti-Machiavel.

Author : Samet ZENGİOĞLU
Number of pages: 223-245
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