A Concise History of South India: Issues and Interpretations

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byNoboru Karashima

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The course of south Indian history from pre-historic times to the contemporary era is a complex narrative with many interpretations. Reflecting recent advances in the study of the region, this volume provides an assessment of the events and socio-cultural development of south India through acomprehensive analysis of its historical trajectory. Investigating the region's states and configurations, this book covers a wide range of topics that include the origins of the early inhabitants, formation of the ancient kingdoms, advancement of agriculture, new religious movements based on bhakti, and consolidation of centralized states in themedieval period. It further explores the growth of industries in relation to the development of East-West maritime trade in the Indian Ocean as well as the wave of Islamicization and the course of commercial relations with various European countries. The book then goes on to discuss the advent ofearly-modern state rule, impact of the raiyatwari system introduced by the British, debates about whether the region's economy developed or deteriorated during the eighteenth century, decline of matriliny in Kerala, emergence of the Dravidian Movement, and the intertwining of politics withcontemporary popular culture. Well illustrated with maps and images, and incorporating new archaeological evidence and historiography, this volume presents new perspectives on a gamut of issues relating to communities, languages, and cultures of a macro-region that continues to fascinate scholars and readers alike.

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The course of south Indian history from pre-historic times to the contemporary era is a complex narrative with many interpretations. Reflecting recent advances in the study of the region, this volume provides an assessment of the events and socio-cultural development of south India through acomprehensive analysis of its historical traj...

Noboru Karashima is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:472 pagesPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceNoboru Karashima: Prologue: Before Common Era: The Dravidian Issue1. Before Common Era (2): Beginning of South Indian historyP. Shanmugam: 1.1 Pre-historic culturesY. Subbarayalu: 1.2 Megalithic burials and graffitiNoboru Karashima: 1.3 Beginning of South Indian historyY. Subbarayalu: 1.4 Brahmi script and South Indian languages2. 1st century BCE to th century: The Satavahanas, the three early Tamil kingdoms, and their successorsY. Subbarayalu: 2.1 The Satavahanas in the DeccanY. Subbarayalu: 2.2 Sangam and post-Sangam literatureY. Subbarayalu: 2.3 Early Tamil kingdoms and political organisationsY. Subbarayalu: 2.4 Post-Satavahana and post-Sangam politiesY. Subbarayalu: 2.5 Religions and religious monumentsY. Subbarayalu: 2.6 Roman trade and relation with Southeast Asia3. 6th century to 9th century: The new type kingdoms and bhaktiNoboru Karashima: 3.1 Conflict of the three kingdomsNoboru Karashima: 3.2 Kingship and the statecraftNoboru Karashima: 3.3 Agrarian developmentP. Shanmugam: 3.4 Capitals and templesNoboru Karashima: 3.5 Bhakti movementR. Mahalakshmi: 3.6 Women in South Indian traditional society4. 4: 10th century to 12th century: Emergence of a centralized stateby Noboru Karashima: 4.1 The balance of two empiresby Noboru Karashima: 4.2 The Chola state?centralised or segmentary?by Noboru Karashima: 4.3 Changes in landholding system and societyby Noboru Karashima: 4.4 Maritime trade and merchant activitiesby Noboru Karashima: 4.5 States in the Deccan and Keralaby Noboru Karashima: 4.6 Religions and societyH. Yamashita: 4.7 Language and literatureR. Mahalakshmi: 4.8 Temples and sculptures5. 13th and 14th centuries: Period of social change and transitionNoboru Karashima: 5.1 Fall of old statesNoboru Karashima: 5.2 Emergence of new jatis and supra-local/community organisationsNoboru Karashima: 5.3 Mathas, Saivasiddhantism, and Virasaivism6. 6: 15th century to 17th century: Vijayanagar state and the outer worldNoboru Karashima: 6.1 Vijayanagar and the Sultanates in the DeccanNoboru Karashima: 6.2 Vijayanagar state and nayakasNoboru Karashima: 6.3 Development of trade and industryNoboru Karashima: 6.4 'Hindu Sultan' and religionsP. Shanmugam: 6.5 Architectures and sculpturesNoboru Karashima: 6.6 Nayaka states and the emergence of new ethosN. Ota: 6.7 Coming of Europeans7. 18th and 19th centuries: The British rule and Indian society (The long 19thcentury)7.1 Regional statesby N. Ota: 7.1.1 Deccan sultanates and the hegemony of the MughalsK. Yamada: 7.1.2 Successor State: NizamN. Ota: 7.1.3 Successor State: MysoreT. Inoue: 7.1.4 Successor State: TanjoreT. Awaya: 7.1.5 Successor State: TravancoreN. Ota: 7.1.6 Economy and society7.2 Colonisation of South India: East India Companies and the warsby N. Ota: 7.2.1 Fortune of native powers and Carnatic Warsby N. Ota: 7.2.2 The rise of Mysore kingdom and Mysore Wars7.3 Incorporation into global economyT. Mizushima: 7.3.1 Development of market economy; Asian and European market relation; Political and economic subordination7.4 Colonial formationT. Mizushima: 7.4.1 Mirasidars and colonial land systemsM. Shiga: 7.4.2 Colonial administration and education policy in contention7.5 Responses to colonial formationT. Mizushima: 7.5.1 Landholders in the nineteenth centuryH. Yanagisawa: 7.5.2 South Indian cotton industryH. Yanagisawa: 7.5.3 Changes in agrarian societyM. Shiga: 7.5.4 Social movements: Tamil Renaissance and new identityT. Awaya: 7.5.5 Decline of the matrilineal system in modern Kerala8. 20th century: Independence and After8.1 Towards Independence: Politics, society, and economyM. Shiga: 8.1.1 Non-Brahmin movementParvathi Menon: 8.1.2 Pre-Independence women's movementsH. Yanagisawa: 8.1.3 South Indian economy before the IndependenceT. Inoue: 8.1.4 Devadasi issueT. Inoue: 8.1.5 New trends in music8.2 Independence and after: Politics, society, and economyK. Yamada: 8.2.1 Language issue and the stateM.Shiga: 8.2.2 State politics in Tamil NaduK. Yamada: 8.2.3 State politics in Andhra PradeshParvathi Menon: 8.2.4 Post-Independence women's movementsH. Yanagisawa: 8.2.5 Industrial growth and agrarian changeT. Inoue: 8.2.6 Cinema and TVNoboru Karashima: Epilogue: Establishment of National Cuisine and South IndiaAbout the EditorIndex