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Aspects of Rural Settlements and Rural Society in Early Medieval India

Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya (Author)
Synopsis Aspect of Rural Settlements and Rural Society is an enlarged version of the 1985 S.G. Deuskar Lectures delivered at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, in March 1987. Based primarily on inscriptional evidence, the Lectures focus on two interrelated aspects of rural society. By analyzing the details available in the inscriptions, the Lectures bring out how early medieval perceptions are important not only for differentiating between broad segments of space but also for understanding the specific characteristics of rural settlements in their regional contexts and the ways in which rural settlements could interact spatially and socially. Analyses of inscriptional evidence on the structure of early medieval rural society again stress the significance of the regional context and highlight the nature of changes in the structure of rural society and in its relationship to different tiers of political power. The empirical evidence mustered in these Lectures thus meets headon the stereotyped but still powerful image of changeless and insular village India.
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About the author

Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya

Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya was educated at Calcutta and Cambridge. He has taught at Burdwan University and at Viswabharati, and for the longest tenure at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where he is currently Professor of History. His books include Coins and Currency Systems in South India (1977), The Making of Early Medieval India (1994) and Representing the Other? Sanskrit Sources and the Muslims (1998). He has edited several volumes, including most recently the collected essays of D.D. Kosambi, titled Combined Methods in Indology and Other Essays (2002).

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Title Aspects of Rural Settlements and Rural Society in Early Medieval India
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.1990
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817074055X
length viii+131p., Maps; Notes; Appendices; 22cm.
Subjects History