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Murty Classical Library of India 28

The Essence of Politics


Edited and translated by Jesse Ross Knutson

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674975767

Publication Date: 01/05/2021


368 pages

5-1/4 x 8 inches

Murty Classical Library of India


  • Introduction
    • Classical Indian Political Theory and The Essence of Politics
    • Political Life Lived and Examined in Early Medieval India
    • Political Art and Science in The Essence of Politics
    • The Vocabulary of Politics: Kamandaki’s Cognitive Maps
    • Acknowledgments
    • Notes
  • Note on the Text and Translation
  • The Essence of Politics
    • 1. Conquering the Senses
    • 2. Branches of Knowledge
    • 3. Demarcating Good Conduct
    • 4. The State-Elements
    • 5. The Conduct of the King and His Retinue
    • 6. Removing Anti-State Elements
    • 7. Guarding Princes
    • 8. The Mandala’s Center
    • 9. Tactic One: Types of Alliances
    • 10. Tactic Two: Types of War
    • 11. Tactics Three, Four, Five, and Six: Advance, Halt, Duplicity, and Taking Refuge
    • 12. Types of Strategy
    • 13. An Emissary’s Conduct
    • 14. The Value of Determination
    • 15. The Seven Vices
    • 16. A Conqueror and His Expeditions
    • 17. Building a Military Encampment
    • 18. The Various Methods
    • 19. An Army’s Strengths and Weaknesses
    • 20. Elephants, Cavalry, Chariots, and Foot Soldiers
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes to the Text
  • Notes to the Translation
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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