Beyond Kautilya’s Circle of Kings

Stumbled upon by accident in the early 20thcentury, Kautilya’s Arthashastra is one of the most remarkable ancient Indian works ever discovered. Unfortunately, rather than seeing Kautilya as a member of a distinct intellectual tradition in his own right, studies of his work have been used to shoehorn him into a pre-existing school: Realism. Deepshikha Shahi’s Kautilya and Non-Western IR Theory lays the foundation for a new era in building truly global theories of international relations. My review:

Beyond the Circle of Kings