The first great political realist : Kautilya and his Arthashastra / Roger Boesche.

Other titles
  • Arthashastra.
  • 1st pbk. ed.
  • Lanham : Lexington Books c2002
Physical description
xii, 127 p. ; 23 cm.
  • 9780739106075 (pbk.)
  • 0739106074 (pbk.)
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [113]-122) and index.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Description based on print version record.
  • Introduction -- Historical background -- A science of politics for a wise king -- Kautilya's spy state -- The economy : a socialist monarchy -- Foreign policy and war -- Power, advancement, and a theory of history -- Conclusion.
Other names
Related item
  • Bibliography
  • Electronic books.
  • text
  • English


  • This book provides an 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 Tzu. The author's commentary on Kautilya's 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 economics. Striking a balance between textual analysis and secondary scholarship, this work contributes to the study of ancient Indian history, Eastern political thought, and international relations.

Summary holdings does not include live availability details. Select a library name for the full Holdings display.

Location of copy Shelfmark Online location Holdings Notes
Birkbeck, University of London Library: Contact the Library 320.1092 KAU/B
British Library: Lending Collection m02/42019
Brunel University London Library Online location
Brunel University London Library: Online XX(773315.1)
University of Edinburgh Libraries: Main Library (STANDARD LOAN) - 2nd floor JA84.I4 Boe.
University of Glasgow Library: University Library Level 6 Annexe Politics B499 BOE
LSE Library: Main collection books JA84.I4 B67
Lancaster University: Main Collection MAIN OMB (B) B Floor
Newcastle University Libraries: Philip Robinson Library: Robinson Books Level 3 320.954 BOE
University of Oxford Libraries: Nuffield College Library: Tower open access JA 84.I4.B
SOAS Library, University of London: Main Library KC320.1 /932429
University of St Andrews Library Online location Connect to e-book