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The History of the Arthasastra


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1. Introduction; 2. Arthasastra historiography; 3. The resegmentation of the Arthasastra; 4. Citation and attribution; 5. The deep structure of the text; 6. The history of the Arthasastra; 7. The politics of the Dandaniti; 8. Varnadharma in the Arthasastra; 9. Statecraft, law, and religion in ancient India; Appendices.

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By analyzing the Arthasastra's early history, Mark McClish overturns prevailing beliefs that ancient India was governed by religion, not politics.

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Mark McClish is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Northwestern University, Illinois. He has published a number of works on the Arthasastra and ancient Indian law, politics, and religion including the book The Arthasastra: Selections from the Classic Indian Work on Statecraft (with Patrick Olivelle, 2012) and numerous articles. He has received support from the Fulbright-Hays program and the Mellon Foundation.

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