Hinduism and the Ethics of Warfare in South Asia: From Antiquity to the Present

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Cambridge University Press, 2012/10/15 - 288 ページ
This book challenges the view, common among Western scholars, that precolonial India lacked a tradition of military philosophy. It traces the evolution of theories of warfare in India from the dawn of civilization, focusing on the debate between Dharmayuddha (Just War) and Kutayuddha (Unjust War) within Hindu philosophy. This debate centers around four questions: What is war? What justifies it? How should it be waged? And what are its potential repercussions? This body of literature provides evidence of the historical evolution of strategic thought in the Indian subcontinent that has heretofore been neglected by modern historians. Further, it provides a counterpoint to scholarship in political science that engages solely with Western theories in its analysis of independent India's philosophy of warfare. Ultimately, a better understanding of the legacy of ancient India's strategic theorizing will enable more accurate analysis of modern India's military and nuclear policies.
 

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Introduction
1
Buddhism Jainism and Asokas Abimsa
40
300 BcE3oo CE
58
Dbarmayuddba and Kutayuddba from the Common
106
9001800 CE
161
The Hindu Military Ethos and Strategic Thought
237
Select Bibliography
267
Index
283
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Kaushik Roy is a Reader in History at Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India, and Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Civil War at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway. He is the author or editor of fifteen books and numerous journal articles, one of which won the Moncado Prize in 2006.

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