Arthashastra: The Science of Wealth
DownloadHi-Res Book Cover
201 users have voted.

Arthashastra: The Science of Wealth

Sub title: The Story of Indian Business

Author: Thomas R. Trautmann

Edited By: Gurcharan Das

"Ascribed to Kautilya (commonly identified as the prime minister of Chandragupta Maurya) and dating back more than 2,000 years, the Arthashastra is the world’s first manual in political economy. It has a pre-eminence in Indian thought that is akin to that of Machiavelli’s The Prince in Europe. Arthashastra (literally, ‘the science of wealth’) is a study of economic enterprise; specifically, Kautilya’s treatise advises the king on the business of creating prosperity. This ancient text provides a fascinating window into the social and economic structures of the time, and into the intricacies of statecraft—for the Arthashastra also addresses the question: what makes a good leader? This book is intended to be an introduction to the economic philosophy of the Arthashastra. Its goal is to analyse the relevance of this classic text in its own time—in a world in which kings were regulators of economic activities of their subjects, but also entrepreneurs themselves—in the conviction that it has much to teach us that has value in our own age. "

Ebook Available

User Reviews

This Book Has No User Review.

Also by Gurcharan Das, Thomas R. Trautmann More

This majestic novel by the author of India Unbound...

Fine Family
Gurcharan Das

Why be good? What exactly is Dharma? How does one ...

The Difficulty of Being Good
Gurcharan Das

"Three extraordinary plays by Gurcharan Das with a...

Three Plays
Gurcharan Das

Why be good? What exactly is Dharma? How does one ...

The Difficulty of Being Good
Gurcharan Das

You Might Also Like More

	Five years after <em>We Are Like That Only...
A Never-Before World
Rama Bijapurkar
&quot;The human race created money and finance. Bu...
Extreme Money
Satyajit Das
The corporate world can be ruthless with its unwri...
Make It or Break It
Partha Sarathi Basu

Published by

Penguin Books India


31 Jan 2012


Allen Lane



Book Format







Non-Fiction, Business





Price (Rs.)


More about the Author

Penguin Random House

Get the Penguin App
to read an exclusive excerpt

Penguin App