Ancient to Medieval: South Indian Society in Transition by Noboru KarashimaAncient to Medieval: South Indian Society in Transition by Noboru Karashima

Ancient to Medieval: South Indian Society in Transition

byNoboru Karashima

Hardcover | December 1, 2009

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Written over a decade, this collection traces the emergence of medieval state and social formation in south India, specifically in Tamil Nadu from twelfth to fourteenth centuries. The volume is divided into three sections. The first part deals with the transformation in the landholding andproduction systems. It discusses the changes in produce sharing of temple lands, land revenue policy, and land surveys. The next section studies the emergence of new jatis and social change. It investigates the emergence of social classes occupying the lowest social rung; formation, growth andcommercialization of the local assemblies; and change in the character of towns. The last part examines Chinese sources and overseas trade and how they describe the Chola and Pandyan states. The essays also throw light on the role of merchant guilds, trade, and ports in the development ofsocio-economic milieu.
Noboru Karashima is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo. He also serves as Professor of Indian Studies at Taisho University.
Title:Ancient to Medieval: South Indian Society in TransitionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:December 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198063121

ISBN - 13:9780198063124


Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsAbbreviationsIntroduction: Emergence of Medieval State and Social Formation in South IndiaSection 1: Change in Landholding and Production System1. Kudininga-devadanam: State, Temple, and Occupants of Temple Land2. Kaniyalar: Landholding Policy of the Chola State3. Kani and Mirasi: Reproduction System Based on Produce-sharing4. Kil in Tamil Inscriptions: Centralization and Land SurveySection 2: Emergence of New Jatis and Social Change5. New Imprecations in Tamil Inscriptions and Jati Formation6. Periyanadu and Valangai/Idangai: Assemblies of Lower Jatis7. Local Chiefs and Padikkaval8. Commercialization of Padikkaval in the Pudukkottai Region9. Nagaram: Commerce and Towns ad 850-1350Section 3: Overseas Trade and Chinese Sources10. South Indian Merchant Guilds in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia11. Chinese Ceramic-sherds Discovered in South India and Sri Lanka12. Pondicherry and Periyapattinam Described in Chinese Sources13. Zhunian: The Chola Kingdom in the Chinese AnnalsIndex