Education of a Christian Prince. Chapter 8: Treaties

In making treaties, as in everything else, the good prince will pursue only the public interest. Otherwise, if they are arranged to benefit the princes at the expense of the people, they should be called conspiracies, not treaties. Anyone who acts like this makes one people into two, nobility and commons, and one of them profits only from the other’s loss; but where this happens, there is no state.

By Erasmus of Rotterdam

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