New Book: Acharya, et al, eds., Bridging Two Worlds

The University of California Press with support from the Berggruen Institute has published Amitav Acharya, Daniel A. Bell, Rajeev Bhargava, and Yan Xuetong, eds., Bridging Two Worlds: Comparing Classical Political Thought and Statecraft in India and China. The full text is available for download here; the Table of Contents is below.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   xi
Setting the Stage, Part 1: Overview of the Project Daniel A. Bell 1
Setting the Stage, Part 2: Why Compare the Classical Political Thought of China and India? Amitav Acharya 22
Theme I: Methodology   37
1. Mining the Past to Construct the Present: Some Methodological Considerations from India Patrick Olivelle


2. Some Methodological Reflections: In Defense of Philosophy of Culture and Thick Generalizations Roger T. Ames


Theme II: Political Leadership   75
3. How do Xunzi and Kautilya Ponder Interstate Politics? Yan Xuetong 77
4. Ashoka’s Dhamma as a Project of Expansive Moral Hegemony Rajeev Bhargava 96
Theme III: Amoral Realism   117
5. A Comparative Study on the International Political Thoughts of Han Feizi and Kautilya (Chanakya) Xu Jin 119
6. The Spectre of “Amoral Realism” in International Relations: A Classical Indian Overview Deepshikha Shahi 133
Theme IV: Empire   153
7. The Particularity of Ancient China as an Empire Zhou Fangyin 155
8. Ideas of Empire in Ancient India in a Comparative Frame Upinder Singh 170
Theme V: Just War   187
9. The Mahābhārata, Mencius, and the Modern World: Reflections on Dharmayuddha and Ānśasya Kanad Sinha 189
10. Mencius on Just War: A Comparison with Political Thought in Ancient India Daniel A. Bell 208
Theme VI: Diplomacy   221
11. India’s Diplomacy in Absentia: Violence, Defense, Offense Deep K. Datta-Ray 223
12. From Ancient Silk Road to Modern Belt and Road Initiative: A Signaling Approach to Trust-Building across Narratives Zhao Yujia 241
Theme VII: Balancing, Hegemony, and Mandalas   265
13. Balancing in Ancient China Qi Haixia 267
14. International Order in Ancient India Manjeet S. Pardesi 284

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