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The Early Medieval in South India

Kesavan Veluthat (Author)
Synopsis Written over two decades, this distinctive collection explores--for the first time--the notion of 'early medieval' in South India. Presenting an alternative history of the deep south, Kesavan Veluthat re-examines the problems and patterns in the history of Tamilakam in general and early medieval Kerala and Karnataka in particular.  Was there an 'early medieval' distinct from the preceding early historical formations in South India? What were the processes involved in this transition? Is it possible to explain the processes and structures characterizing the early medieval period? In this context, the volume investigates areas like the role of temples and corporate bodies, the structure of land-rights, patterns of surplus extraction, the nature of the state, evolution of landlordism, and the emergence of regional identity. Integrating both epigraphic and literary sources in at least three regional languages, and inscriptions, the author studies using computer-aided, statistical analyses. Deviating from the 'conventional' and 'unorthodox' positions, he underscores how early medieval South India merits a distinct historical analysis. This interdisciplinary volume will be indispensable for teachers, students, and researchers of early medieval history, particularly of South India. It will also be useful for scholars of sociology, cultural studies, and religion.
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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 The Early Medieval in South India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.03.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195696638
length xii+356p.
Subjects History