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L'Antimachiavelli di Federico II di Prussia rappresenta il manifesto spirituale, prima ancora che politico, di un principe illuminato che cercò di rimanere fedele tutta la vita ai suoi ideali umanitari. Uscito a Londra nel 1741, venne accolto con enorme interesse, apparendo agli occhi dell'Europa colta come l'ambizioso programma di governo del giovane reggente. ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published March 1st 1981 by Ohio Univ Pr (first published 1741)
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Hisham Mannaa
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a shame that people read Machiavelli’s Prince and don’t get to read this book. The book is an excellent critique of the prince and it’s harsh view of the world and what motivates human beings.

Fredrick is THE Philosopher King, which politicians and rulers the world over should aspire to.
Marita Gayoso
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Good intentions, not easy to put into practice as Frederick the Great himself realised as soon as he began his political activity. This outstanding Hohenzollern king, had to separate himself, inevitably, from "the path of virtue" and follow a few of his despised Machiavellis tips. Go figure... ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
A bunch of bollocks.
David Wunderlich
I read a public domain translation from

It's interesting in a number of ways to read the wit, wisdom, and snark of a soon-to-be monarch of 1700s Europe. It's prescient and not at alternating times, and Frederick is great at sarcasm when he wants to be. He's also completely ready to stereotype entire countries at the drop of a hat.

The prose is old-fashioned so it's a bit of a slog, but I still found it interesting nonetheless.
Daniel Galassi
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite interesting book rebutting The Prince, you wanna know how power changes people? Read this book and examine Frederick The Great mind.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Conscience of the Future King

Conscience of the Future King, December 16, 2015

This review is from: Frederick of Prussia: Anti-Machiavel (Hardcover)
A spirited rebuttal of Machiavelli's “The Prince” and a book with a fascinating background which is discussed in Sonnino's introductory remarks. Written by Frederick the 3rd of Prussia when he was still a Prince, there are actually two versions of the text. This is an English translation and reconstruction of the first, with the exception of
Jason Marciak
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I went into this book thinking only on what I have learned of Machiavelli. I wasn't sure how Frederick would tackle him. This book was actually a pleasing read for a history buff. It is a great point by point refutation using other exemplars of the more positivistic principles of rulership. At the same time, the ideas are about more than simple refutations on the principles of Machiavelli. Frederick does promote an excellent alternative viewpoint. After having read this work, I'd say that The ...more
David  Shannon
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great analysis of Machiavel's famous text The Prince

Very interesting to read Fredrick the Great's take on The Prince. He shows considerable enlightenment and liberal consideration for human rights for his time.
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Frederick II (German: Friedrich II.; 24 January 1712 – 17 August 1786) was a King in Prussia (1740–1772) and a King of Prussia (1772–1786) from the Hohenzollern dynasty.[1] In his role as a prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire, he was Frederick IV (Friedrich IV.) of Brandenburg. He was in personal union the sovereign prince of the Principality of Neuchâtel. He became known as Frederick the ...more
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“But France's powerful armies, and a very large number of fortresses, ensure that the French Sovereign will possess the throne forever, and they do not have anything to fear now concerning internal wars or their neighbors invading France.” 1 likes
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