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Building an Empire: Chanakya Revisited

Mohan Mishra (Author)
Synopsis Likened to Machiavelli by political theorists, Chanakya wrote the Arthashastra almost two thousand years before Niccolo Machiavelli was born. Written in Sanskrit, the Arthashastra remains unique in all of Indian literature because of its unabashed advocacy of realpolitik. The Arthashastra does not leave any doubts about its ends: according to Chanakya, a ruler should use any means to attain his goal and his actions required no moral sanction. The only problems discussed in the Arthashastra are of the most practical kind. It was with Chanakya as his mentor, that Chandragupta Maurya came to rule much of India.
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About the author

Mohan Mishra

Dr. Mohan Mishra taught medicine at the Darbhanga Medical College until his retirement in 1995. Apart from contributing research papers to medical journals like the British Medical Journal and the Lancet, he has also authored A Text Book of Clinical Medicine. His A History of the Freedom Movement 1857-1947 was awarded a Merit Prize by the Delhi administration in 1985. His interests include studying the history and culture of ancient India.

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Title Building an Empire: Chanakya Revisited
Author Mohan Mishra
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 812910475X
length xiv+218p., Index; 21cm.
Subjects History