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The Prince and Discourse on Voluntary ServitudeGiants of Political Thought

George H. Smith

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The Prince and Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

By: George H. Smith

Narrarated by: Craig Deitschmann

Machiavelli wrote The Prince for his ruler as a guide for gaining and keeping power. Central themes of his essay are the relation between politics and ethics, what the best form of government consists of; the importance of the Church, and the growth of Italy as a nation-state. The word “Machiavellian” often suggests sinister motives, but some scholars question this traditional interpretation.
Boétie wrote Discourse on Voluntary Servitude in 16th Century France during the birth of the nation-state, the rise of absolute monarchy, and intense religious and civil wars. He examines the psychology of political obedience, the structure and specific mechanisms of state authority, the motives of those who obey and those who command, and the phenomenon of obedience in the absence of force.

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Total File Size: 79 MB (3 files) Total Length: 2 Hours, 53 Minutes

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This is misnamed. I purchased the Audio Classics "Giants of Political Thought" series on cassette tape twenty years ago. They seem to have the whole series on here, but labeled as the actual books. These are summaries and comentaries, not the books. They really should re-label them as "giants of Political Thought" along with the name of the individual volume. They should also take these out of the unabridged section.

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