State Formation, Agrarian Growth and Social Change in Feudal South India: C. AD 600-1200

Author:

Ramendra Nath Nandi

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2020
ISBN-13

9788173042904

ISBN-10 817304290X
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 261 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 22x14x1.5
Weight (grms) 468

 


A feudal phase in early India’s social development is a historical reality. But the social, political or economic institutions which characterized a feudal system may not have surfaced in every part of the country. This necessitates a shift in emphasis from a simplistic Pan-Indian model to intensive regional studies. For this purpose, the present work refers to certain contiguous areas of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka which furnish quantifiable data on feudal development.


The study takes particular care to underline the dynamic of feudal growth, the compulsions underlying it and social mutations resulting from it. Accordingly, the book underlines a preparatory phase marking the networking of fiefs and service tenements followed by an incubation time characterized by growing demands of surplus and the resulting extension of the arable, new drainage technique and increase in crop production. The final breakthrough stage was signified by the reappearance of markets, minted money and urban centers. While the incubation process was helped by a collaborative ideology of obedience and protection, the final phase witnessed violent conflicts between the same classes of erstwhile collaborators following overlapping claims for social goods and empowerment in a market economy.


 

Ramendra Nath Nandi

Ramendra Nath Nandi is former Professor of History, Patna University. His major publications are: An Outline of the Aryan Civilization (2017); Ideology and Environment, Situating the Origin of Vedic Culture (2009); Aryans Revisited (2001); State Formation, Agrarian Growth and Social Change in Feudal South India, AD 600-1200 (2000); Prachin Bharat Me Dharma Ke Samajik Adhar (in Hindi, 1998); Social Roots of Religion in Ancient India (1986); Critical Edition of S.C. Nandimath’s A Handbook of Vīraŝaivism (London, 1942; revd edn 1979); and Religious Institutions and Cults in the Deccan (c. AD 600-1000) (1973).
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