The Prince ( Machiavelli )
Machiavelli introduces the concept of the new prince in Chapters V through IX of The Prince (pp. 19-39). By a new prince he means a man who has become an autocratic ruler, or monarch, of a state that had previously had some other, unrelated ruler or some other form of government. In these chapters, he discusses the various paths by which a man could become a new prince: one’s own abilities, that is, military conquest; fortune, that is, appointment by a new conqueror; treachery, that is, by a coup d?etat.