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Medieval Orissa: A Socio-Economic Study

Shishir Kumar Panda (Author)
Synopsis The present work deals with an important aspect of Orissa history. The period from A.D. 1568 marks the ascendancy of the later Eastern Ganga followed by the Suryavamsi Gajapatis which led to the emergence of a ‘Regional Hindu Kingdom’ in Eastern India. The Ganga extended their kingdom from the river Hooghtly (Ganga) in the north to the river Godavari (Gauthami Ganga) in the South. Also, the suryavamsi Gahapatis at the beginning of their rule further expanded Orissan kingdom towards South upto Srirangam. The rising tide of the Turkish invesion in Northern and Eastern India could not stem the flow of political developments in Orissa. Orissa remained as an independent kingdom upto A.D. 1568 and only during the weak rule of Mukundadeva. It was conquered by the turko – Afghans. The main objective of the study is to investigate the pattern of socio-economic life of the people of Orissa from A.D. 1038-1568. the Later Eastern Ganga period marked the material prosperity with rise in agrarian products and flourishing trade and commerce. Whereas the suryavamsi Gajapati period ended with decline in its material prosperity of Orissa has been investigated in this work. This period marked the decline in trade the commerce, rampant immorality in the society. And defects in the government machinery which explain the decline in the life of the people of the then Orissa which ultimately paved the way for the Turko-Afghan conquest of Orissa in A.D. 1568.
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About the author

Shishir Kumar Panda

Dr. shishir Kumar Panda (b. 1952) passed M.A. from Sambaipur University in 1974 securing first position for which he was awarded University gold Medal. He joined as a lecturer in the Post-Graduate Department of History. Sambaiur University. In joined the Centre for Historical Studies. Jawaharlal Nehru University and completed M.Phil. Programme. In 1983, he joined South-Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, West Germany under a German Research council Programme and completed his Ph.D. in 1986 under supervision of Professor Dr. Herman Kulke. His field of research is Ancient Indian History and Archaeology. At Present he is working on a project on Sources of Orissan History sponsored by the German Research Council and Indian Council of Historical Research. He has contributed a number of research papers both in national and international Journals. He is member of a number of professional Institutions. His other work is Herrschaft and Verwaltung im Ostlichen Indian under den Spaten Gangas C.a. 1038-1434 (in German). Currently he is a Reader in the Post-graduate Department of History, Berhampur University.

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Title Medieval Orissa: A Socio-Economic Study
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1991
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170992613
length xvi+152p., Tables; Map; Appendix; Notes; References; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.
Subjects History