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Niccolo Machiavelli


Bobbs- Merrill Co. N.Y. 1965, Revised Edition of the Ellis Farnesworth Translation with Introduction and essay by Neal Wood. index, footnotes, diagrams, paperback


Reviewer's comment:

Until recently this was the best edition of The Art of War. Now it has been superceded by Christopher Lynch's {short description of image}excellent translation and extensive analysis and commentary. Dr. Wood conducted a year-long graduate seminar on Machiavelli, his sources, his political career, his thought, and his influence, which I was fortunate to attend. Among the specific topics in which I participated was Machiavelli's central focus on war and politics. But this edition of Art of War was not then available in print. Dr. Wood's conclusions about Machiavelli's thinking about war and politics is contained in his excellent and detailed introduction essay.
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Dr. Wood's commentary and analysis is as important as the book itself. He believes that Machiavelli's views on war were directly relevant to his theories about politics. He describes these in five points: "Machiavelli evidently believes that the basis relationships between the arts of war and of politics are as follows:
1 Military power is the foundation of civil society
2 A well-ordered military establishment is an essential unifying element in civil society
3 A policy of military aggrandizement contributes to the stability and longevity of civil society.
4 The military art and the political art possess a common style
5 A military establishment tends to reflect the qualities of the civil society of which it is a part.




Book One - General topics about recruiting and organizing an army


Book Two - Detailed discussion of ancient and contemporary armies with comparisons


Book Three - Roman, Greek, Macedonian, and Swiss formations in battle


Book Four - Advice on battle formations, avoiding battles leadership, religion


Book Five - Roman and contemporary formations for movement, logistics, discipline, psychological warfare


Book Six - Advice of camps, military justice, logistics, psychological warfare


Book Seven - Fortifications, Siege and defense against sieges, surprise, discipline


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