Thomas Trautmann

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Thomas R. Trautmann is a renowned American historian and Professor Emeritus of History and Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is considered one of the world's leading experts on the Arthashastra, the ancient Hindu text on kinship. Trautmann has mentored many students during his professorship at the University of Michigan. He is widely considered to be one of the most well-cited historians of our time. He has written an accessible introduction to the Arthashastra, which was a part of The Story of Indian Business Series by best-selling author, Gurcharan Das. Trautmann's work has been credited with illuminating the underlying economic philosophy that governed ancient Indian kinship. Das has pointed to the invaluable lessons this work provides for the modern age.

Trautmann has served as director of the University of Michigan History Department, as well as head of the Center for South Asian Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of London.[1] His studies focus on Ancient India and other subjects.


Among Trautmann's many published works are:

  • Bryer, Anthony; Gough, Michael; Trautmann, Thomas R.; Young, L. K. (1969). Byzantium and the ancient east. Paul Hamlyn. ISBN 978-0-600-13943-0.
  • Trautmann, Thomas R. (1971). Kautilya and the Arthasastra. Leiden: BRILL. OCLC 576363603.
  • Trautmann, Thomas R. (1974). Kinship and History in South Asia. Ann Arbor: Center for South and Southeastern Asian Studies, University of Michigan. ISBN 978-0-88386-417-3.
  • Trautmann, Thomas R. (1981). Dravidian Kinship. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-23703-1.
  • Trautmann, Thomas R. (1987). Lewis Henry Morgan and the Invention of Kinship. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-06457-7.
  • Trautmann, Thomas R. (2008). Lewis Henry Morgan and the invention of kinship : with a new introduction and appendices by the author. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978-0-8032-6006-1.


Further reading[edit]

  • Bayly, C. A. (8 August 1997). "What language hath joined". The Times Literary Supplement. - review of 1997 work
  • Baskaran, S. Theordore (4–17 July 2009). "Kinship and Language". Frontline. 26 (14). - interview
  • Aryans and British India — a review by the Indian historian, D. N. Jha.