Fyrsten - Et magtens evangelium?

Rune Dybvad Simonsen & Anders Theis Bollmann

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Through a reading of The Prince by Niccolo Machiabelli (1532), present paper analyses the text in itself with particular emphasis on its inherent history usage and embedded ideas of temporality. The analysis proper opens through a juxtaposition of our theoretical and methodological point of departure from two different perspectives: Firstly, we operationalize historical usage through concepts such as historical conciousness and culture; secondly, we explore the perspective on the history of concepts as provided by Reinhart Kosellecks 'Theory of multiple temporalities'. Collectively these tools assume a position as the archimedean point of the analysis. We find that Machiavellis history usage mainly focuses on two dialectically intertwined aspects: 1) A political-pedagogical use of history consisting of his ideas of power and instructions for excercising it, and; 2) An ideological use of history aimed at an Italian unification. Through the concept of multiple temporalities, we ultimately conclude that Machiavelli perceives a connection between past and present which permits the usage of history as a magistra vitae - a life's teacher.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato15 jan. 2015
VejledereMia Münster-Swendsen


  • Fyrsten
  • Historiebrug
  • Magt
  • Machiavelli
  • Magtudøvelse
  • Koselleck