The Changing Gaze: Regions and the Constructions of Early India

Hardcover | February 17, 2013

byB.P. Sahu

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Why did Indian historians move away from the centric approach in the 1970s? Why did they shift their focus to local sub-regions instead of focusing on historio-geographic blocks like the Gangetic heartland or the Kaveri valley? What were the constructs that developed the concept of India?Examining the questions that have shaped history-writing in India, this book maps the changing perspectives about early India. Focusing on the histories of regions, the volume studies social and cultural change, regional polities, and various socio-economic aspects of regional and rural societies. It includes a wide range of topics: from the role of Brahmanical ideology in the construction of caste to the regionaldimensions of the Kali Age crisis; from agrarian land systems to forms of protest and dissent; and the evolution of regional identities in Indian historiography. The Introduction provides an overview of the issues and themes discussed, and surveys the research on early India. This book will interest scholars and students of Indian history, ancient India, medieval India, regional studies, and informed general readers.

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Why did Indian historians move away from the centric approach in the 1970s? Why did they shift their focus to local sub-regions instead of focusing on historio-geographic blocks like the Gangetic heartland or the Kaveri valley? What were the constructs that developed the concept of India?Examining the questions that have shaped history...

B.P. Sahu is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pagesPublished:February 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198089198

ISBN - 13:9780198089193

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Regions and the Constructions of Early IndiaPart I: Early Patterns of Social and Cultural Change1. Brahmanical Conception of Origin of Jatis: A Study of Manusmrti2. Conception of the Kali Age in Early India: Perspectives from the Regions3. Vara, Jati, and the Shaping of Early Oriya Society4. Profiling of Daksina Kosala: The Making of an Early Historical Subregion?Part II: The Trajectory of Regional Politics5. Ways of Seeing: History and Historiography of the State in Early India6. The Early State in Orissa: From the Perspective of Changing Forms of Patronage and Legitimation7. Characterizing Early Medieval Indian Polity: The Case of Daksina Kosala and Beyond8. Legitimation, Ideology, and State in Early IndiaPart III: The Shaping of Regional Rural Societies9. Mapping the Patterns of Regional Land Systems and Rural Society10. Agrarian Changes and the Peasantry in Early Medieval Orissa11. Shifting the Gaze: Facets of Sub-regional Agrarian Economies12. Dissent and Protest in Early Indian Societies: Some Historiographic RemarksIndex