"The Prince" is a political treatise by the Italian diplomat, historian and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. Although it was written as if it were a traditional work in the Mirror of Princes style, it is generally agreed that it was especially innovative.
The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, especially modern political philosophy, in which the effective truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. It was also in direct conflict with the dominant Catholic and scholastic doctrines of the time concerning how to consider politics and ethics.
Although it is relatively short, the treatise is the most remembered ofMachiavelli's works and the one most responsible for bringing the word "Machiavellian" into wide usage as a pejorative term.