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Author Kāmandaki, author
Title The essence of politics / Kamandaki, edited and translated by Jesse Ross Knutson
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2021
book jacket
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 Modern History Library  320.01 K15    AVAILABLE    30550100690492
Descript xxxi, 327 pages ; 21 cm
text txt rdacontent
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Series Murty classical library of India; 28
Murty classical library of India ; 28
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
"Kamandaki's Nītisāra, or The Essence of Politics, redefined the field of political thought in early medieval India and became one of the most influential works in the genre across South and Southeast Asia. It was likely written during or shortly after the Gupta Empire (c. 325-550 C.E.) and enjoyed wide popularity for nearly a millennium. An elegant introduction to the intricacies of statecraft, The Essence of Politics encompasses virtually all aspects of elite social life, making it indispensable for generals, spies, ministers, and other members of the royal court, especially poets writing about war and conquest. Addressed directly to the king, its lessons range from the finer points of military strategy and economic policy to the moral qualities of effective rulers. Kamandaki anchors political practice in intellectual and spiritual discipline. His model of leadership, based on self-control and personal cultivation, is as relevant today as it was in its own time. The Sanskrit text, presented here in the Devanagari script, accompanies a new English prose translation"-- Provided by publisher
Sanskrit; Devanagari script
Subject Political science -- India -- History
State, The
India -- Politics and government -- To 997
Alt Author Knutson, Jesse, editor. translator
Kāmandaki. Kāmandaka
Kāmandaki. Kāmandaka. English. 2021
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