State, Society, and Culture in Indian History

Hardcover | February 6, 2012

bySatish Chandra

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This book explores the complex linkages between state, society, and culture in medieval and modern India. It discusses issues like secularism, composite culture, pluralism, historiography, and the use of sources. Written over the past decade, this collection of essays explores the complex linkages between state, society, and culture in medieval and modern India. It discusses various ideas under the wider rubric of historiography, history writing, and the use of sources. The author examines secularism,composite culture, and pluralism in both medieval and modern India, linking them to politics, society, and the economy. The Mughal policy of subjugation and assimilation, Rathor War, rise of the Marathas, jagirdari crisis, and the Mughal agrarian system have been discussed in detail. The book shedslight on unknown aspects of many historical figures-like Akbar, Jodha Bai, and Rana Pratap-as well as makers of modern India-like Jawaharlal Nehru and Sir Sita Ram.

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This book explores the complex linkages between state, society, and culture in medieval and modern India. It discusses issues like secularism, composite culture, pluralism, historiography, and the use of sources. Written over the past decade, this collection of essays explores the complex linkages between state, society, and culture in...

Satish Chandra is Secretary, Comprehensive History of India Project and Indian Ocean Studies Society, New Delhi. He was Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and former Chairman, University Grants Commission.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pagesPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198077394

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionPart I: Society and State1. Social and Attitudinal Changes in Medieval India2. State and Society in Medieval India with Special Reference to Fourteenth-Sixteenth Centuries: Seen from Above and Below3. State and Composite Culture in a Pluralistic Society4. The Concept of Secularism and its Evolution under the Congress and NehruPart II: The Mughals5. Akbar in Modern Indian History6. Rana Pratap and Mughal Policy7. Jodha Bai: Who was She?8. The Rathor War and Hukumat-ri-Bahi9. Shivaji and the Maratha Landed Elements10. The Jagirdari Crisis: A Fresh Look11. Reassessing Aurangzeb12. Agrarian System of the Mughals and the Eighteenth CenturyPart III: Culture13. Portrait of a Liberal Conservative: Dr (Sir) Sita Ram14. Rajasthan Varta Sahitya: A Historical Tradition15. Niti Shataks as a Source of Study for Medieval IndiaIndex