Kautilya’s Arthashastra: Philosophy of Strategy

1st Edition

Medha Bisht

Routledge India
September 3, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9781138553071 - CAT# Y376361

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Summary

This book examines in detail the strategic relevance of the Arthashastra, a classical treatise on state and statecraft attributed to the fourth century BCE and rests at the intersection of political theory and international relations.

Adopting a hermeneutic approach, the book discusses certain homologies related to concepts such as power, order, and morality. Underlining the conceptual value of the Arthashastra and classical texts such as Hitopdesha and Pancatantra, this volume highlights the non-western perspectives related to diplomacy and statecraft. It shows how a comparative analysis of these texts reveal a continuity rather than a change in the styles, tactics and political strategies. The book also showcases the value these ancient texts can bring to the study of contemporary international relations and political theory.

This volume will be of interest to students, scholars and teachers of political studies, Indian political thought, and philosophy, South Asian studies, political theory and international relations.

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