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To uphold the world : a call for a new global ethic from ancient India

Author: Bruce Rich
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©2010.
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In 1991, Bruce Rich traveled to Orissa and gazed upon the rock edicts erected by the Indian emperor Ashoka over 2,200 years ago. Intrigued by the stone inscriptions that declared religious tolerance, conservation, nonviolence, species protection, and human rights, Rich was drawn into Ashoka's world. Ashoka was a powerful conqueror who converted to Buddhism on the heels of a bloody war, yet his empire rested on a  Read more...
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Rich, Bruce.
To uphold the world.
Boston : Beacon Press, c2010
(DLC) 2009019503
(OCoLC)335678807
Named Person: Aśoka, King of Magadha; Kauṭalya.; Asoka, King of Magadha; Kautalya.; Aśoka, King of Magadha
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Rich
ISBN: 9780807095539 0807095532 0807006130 9780807006139
OCLC Number: 607554802
Notes: Reprint. Originally published in New Delhi by Viking in 2008 as: To uphold the world : the message of Ashoka and Kautilya for the 21st century.
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 228 p.)
Contents: Past present --
The age of transcendence --
The great dilemma --
The Arthasastra: wealth above all --
The gift of dirt --
The greatest conquest --
Ashoka's legacy: conundrum and challenge --
To uphold the world.
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In 1991, Bruce Rich traveled to Orissa and gazed upon the rock edicts erected by the Indian emperor Ashoka over 2,200 years ago. Intrigued by the stone inscriptions that declared religious tolerance, conservation, nonviolence, species protection, and human rights, Rich was drawn into Ashoka's world. Ashoka was a powerful conqueror who converted to Buddhism on the heels of a bloody war, yet his empire rested on a political system that prioritized material wealth and amoral realpolitik. This system had been perfected by Kautilya, a statesman who wrote the world's first treatise on economics. In this powerful critique of the current wave of globalization, Rich urgently calls for a new global ethic, distilling the messages of Ashoka and Kautilya while reflecting on thinkers from across the ages'from Aristotle and Adam Smith to George Soros.

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