Rethinking Early Medieval India: A Reader

Paperback | August 15, 2012

EditorUpinder Singh

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This reader presents a new understanding of the early medieval period of Indian history (c. 600-1300 CE), highlighting the complex and multilinear nature of its historical processes. The book examines the major historiographical debates and also moves beyond them, throwing light on manyimportant aspects of the social, economic, political, and cultural history of the pre-Sultanate and non-Sultanate early medieval. The volume brings together a careful selection of readings, including seminal essays as well as recent writing. Comprehensive and thought-provoking, it discusses: theoretical frameworks, namely the feudalism, segmentary state, and integrative/processual models; political processes, including the interaction between states and forest tribes; village and city life, with a focus on agrarian structure, urbanpatterns, trade, varna, jati, and gender; religion, art, and culture, within and beyond regional frameworks; histories of language, literature, ideas, attitudes, and emotions. The introduction provides presents a critical and incisive overview and analysis of debates and writings related to a widerange of historical issues. In doing so, it raises new questions, suggests new approaches, and opens up possibilities for future research.This book will interest students and teachers of ancient and medieval Indian history.

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This reader presents a new understanding of the early medieval period of Indian history (c. 600-1300 CE), highlighting the complex and multilinear nature of its historical processes. The book examines the major historiographical debates and also moves beyond them, throwing light on manyimportant aspects of the social, economic, politic...

Upinder Singh is Professor at the Department of History in the University of Delhi.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:August 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsUpinder Singh: IntroductionPart I: Theoretical Models and Political Processes1. R.S. Sharma: How Feudal was Indian Feudalism?2. Burton Stein: The Segmentary State: Interim Reflections3. Hermann Kulke: The Early and the Imperial Kingdom: A Processual Model of Integrative State Formation in Early Medieval IndiaPart II: Village, Town, and Society4. Kesavan Veluthat: Land Rights and Social Stratification5. Noboru Karashima, Y. Subbarayalu, and P. Shanmugam: Nagaram: Commerce and Towns ad 850-13506. Cynthia Talbot: The Society of Kakatiya Andhra7. Devika Rangachari: Women and Power in Medieval KashmirPart III: Religion and Culture, Within and Across Regions8. Leslie C. Orr: Domesticity and Difference/Women and Men: Religious Life in Medieval Tamil Nadu9. Kunal Chakrabarti: Cult Region: The Pur?n?as and the Making of the Cultural Territory of Bengal10. Kapila Vatsyayan: The Flying MessengerPart IV: Mapping Language, Ideas, and Attitudes11. Sheldon Pollock: The Sanskrit Cosmopolis and the Vernacular Revolution12. Upinder Singh: Politics, Violence and War in Kamandaka's Nitisara13. B.D. Chattopadhyaya: Images of Raiders and RulersNotes on Contributors