Kautilya's Arthasastra on War and Diplomacy in Ancient India

  title={Kautilya's Arthasastra on War and Diplomacy in Ancient India},
  author={Roger Boesche},
  journal={The Journal of Military History},
  pages={37 - 9}
  • Roger Boesche
  • Published 3 April 2003
  • Political Science, History
  • The Journal of Military History
Kautilya was the key adviser to the Indian king Chandragupta Maurya (c. 317-293 B.C.E.), who first united the Indian subcontinent in empire. Written about 300 B.C.E., Kautilya's Arthasastra was a science of politics intended to teach a wise king how to govern. In this work, Kautilya offers wide-ranging and truly fascinating discussions on war and diplomacy, including his wish to have his king become a world conqueror, his analysis of which kingdoms are natural allies and which are inevitable… 

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