Visions Of A Perfect Society Illustrated In Machiavelli's The Prince And Thomas More's Utopia

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When people think about the ‘perfect’ society, all will have a different idea on the topic. For example, Thomas More wrote in ‘Utopia’ of a society where all of the cities were exactly the same. Whereas Niccolo Machiavelli wrote about how a society should be ruled in ‘The Prince.’ Both works paint a portrait of leadership and laws, as well as life and society. In ‘The Prince’, Machiavelli isn’t describing the aspects of a perfect society, he is speaking of how a prince should rule it in order to make it ideal. Whereas in ‘Utopia’, More describes the society as a whole.

As far as Military and war, A Utopian society would hire other people and use slaves to conduct their wars. They don’t believe in war, as it is ‘inhuman’ so they hire mercenaries, and if they survive they get paid. Somewhere ruled under Machiavellian guidelines would fight its own wars. They believe that having an army consisting of anything other than one-hundred percent natives is undesirable, as mercenaries are only around as long as your country is paying them the most. Machiavelli states that there is no avoiding war and that to stay in power a Prince must keep an eye on the army. Utopians will try to avoid war by all means.
Utopians wouldn’t be worried about gaining new land, nor do they need it. The Machiavellian ruler would be trying to gain new land by any means. According to Machiavelli, there are four ways to gain new land: by one's own power, by the power of others, by criminal acts or extreme cruelty, or by the will...

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