RG

IN CONTEXT

IDEOLOGY

Realism

FOCUS

Utilitarian

BEFORE

6th century BCE The Chinese general Sun Tzu writes his treatise The Art of War, bringing an analytical approach to statecraft.

424 BCE Mahapadma Nanda establishes the Nanda dynasty in India, and relies on his generals for tactical advice.

AFTER

c.65 BCE The Mauryan empire, which Chanakya helped to found, reaches its height and rules over all but the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent.

1904 Texts of Chanakya’s treatises are rediscovered and, in 1915, are translated into English.

During the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, the Nanda dynasty slowly gained control over the northern half of the Indian subcontinent, ...

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