The First Great Political Realist

The First Great Political Realist : Kautilya and His Arthashastra

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The First Great Political Realist is a succinct and penetrating analysis of one of the ancient world's foremost political realists, Kautilya. Kautilya's treatise Arthashastra stands as one of the great political books of the ancient world, its ideas on the science of politics strikingly similar to those of Thucydides, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Clausewitz, and even Sun Tsu. Roger Boesche's excellent commentary on Kautilya's voluminous text draws out the essential realist arguments for modern political analysis and demonstrates the continued relevance of Kautilya's work to modern Indian strategic thinking and our understanding of the relationship between politics and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 147.3 x 221 x 10.2mm | 226.8g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739106074
  • 9780739106075
  • 997,501

Review quote

This is a valuable and insightful study of one of the world's neglected classics of political philosophy. Boesche is to be commended for bringing Kautilya's masterpiece to the attention of the Western reader. -- Brian K. Smith, University of California, Riversideshow more

About Roger Boesche

Roger Boesche is the Arthur G. Coons Professor of the History of Ideas at Occidental College. He is the author of Theories of Tyranny: Plato to Arendt (1996), The Strange Liberalism of Alexis de Tocqueville (1987), and Alexis de Tocqueville: Selected Letters on Politics and Society (1985).show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Historical Background Chapter 3 A Science of Politics for a King Chapter 4 The Spy State Chapter 5 The Economy: A Socialist Monarchy Chapter 6 Foreign Policy and War Chapter 7 Power, Advancement, and a Theory of History Part 8 Conclusionshow more

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