Moderate Machiavelli? Contrasting The Prince with the Arthashastra of Kautilya

  title={Moderate Machiavelli? Contrasting The Prince with the Arthashastra of Kautilya},
  author={Roger Boesche},
  journal={Critical Horizons},
  pages={253 - 276}
Abstract Max Weber was the first to see that the writings of Machiavelli, when contrasted with the brutal realism of other cultural and political traditions, were not so extreme as they appear to some critics. "Truly radical ‘Machiavellianism,’ in the popular sense of that word," Weber said in his famous lecture "Politics as a Vocation," "is classically expressed in Indian literature in the Arthashastra of Kautilya (written long before the birth of Christ, ostensibly in the time of Chandragupta… 
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