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Essays on Indian History and Culture

B Sarveswara Rao (Author) H.V. Sreenivasa Murthy (Editor) Kesavan Veluthat (Author) S. A Bari (Author)
Synopsis A Festschrift Professor B. Sheik Ali, currently Vice-Chancellor of Goa University, the present collection is not only a tribute to one of the leading historians of the country but also a lasting contribution to historical scholarship. Eminent historicans as Romilla Thapar, Bipan Chandra, MG.S. Narayana,. R. Champakalakshmi, K.N. Panikaar, Y. Subbarayatu, Aniruddha Ray, M.P. Sreekumaran Nair, Rajan gurukkal and B.S. Shastry Nair, rajan Gurukkal and B.S. Shastry join in saluting professor Sheik Ali who has been responsible for bringing about a new orientation in historical writing in South India. The Scholarlycontributions presented in this volumeinclude a critical appraisal, making an integrated use of literature and archaeology in the light of modern social theories, of the early social formation of South India and its transitional processes made by Rajan Gurukkal and a detailedkl study of the peasants in early Tamilakam by M.G.S. Narayanan. In an analysis of the Vaishnava pantheon and temporal power in South India, R. Chamakala kshmi dwells upon the ideological aspect of divine sovereignty. Taking up the case of the KsatriyaVarna in Northern India. Romila Thapar demonstrates how descent was made use of for purposes of political legitimation. Two widely discussed problems in medieval South Indian History, namely, the nadu and the nattar, are the subject matter of Kesavan Vejuthat and Y.Subbarayalu. B.S,. Shastry and Aniruddha Ray deal with two differentk aspects of the early commercial activities of the European powers in western and eastern India respectively. A.P. Ibrahim Kunju has brought our some documents on the Travancore War, Bipan Chandra articulates his position on colonialism, the various stages of colonialism and the expression of the colonial state. S.A. Bari reexamines the myth of the ‘Muslim Pillage’ of the city of vijayanagara. K.N. Panikkar bring out the bearing of agrarian legislation on social classes taking the experience in Malabar as a case in point. H.v. Sreenivasa Murthy assesses the work of M.V. Krishna Rao, the predecessor of Professor Sheik Ali, as a historian. In a slightly different tenor, K. Raghavendra Rao reflects on Gandhi’s concept of history more as he lived itk than he wrote it. M.P. Sreekumaran Nair makes an analysis of the cultural relations between India and Indonesia in historical perspective. Besides these weighty contributions, this volume also offers a ready reference to the work of professor Sheik Ali as a historian apart from a profile of Professor Ali by a very close student of his. The volume is indispensable for every serious student of Indian history and a major reference work of lasting value to researchers in social science.
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About the author

Kesavan Veluthat

Kesavan Veluthat is currently Professor of History at the University of Delhi. He studied at the University of Calicut where M.G.S. Narayanan was his mentor. In 1982, he joined the newly formed Mangalore University and retired from there as Professor and Vhair of the Department of History. He has also edited the mahishasatakam (Sanskrit) and the Dictionarium Latino-Hystorico-Mythologico-Samscredonico, Malabaricum (Latin).

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Title Essays on Indian History and Culture
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1990
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170992117
length viii+234p., Notes; Index; 24cm.
Subjects History