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The Feudal Order: State, Society and Ideology in Early Medieval India

D.N. Jha (Editor)
Synopsis Whether or not Indian society in the early medieval period was feudal has remained an important issue of animated debate in Indian historiography for nearly four decades. The hypothesis of Indian feudalism has been criticized by traditional as well as by radical historians, though both categories of scholars often seem to share a neo-colonialist perception of early Indian society as static. This volume brings together a vast mass of empirical data which shows the fallacy of their arguments. The book is divided into three parts, each devoted to an important aspect of the feudal phenomenon. The first part deals with the problem of transition from pre-feudal to feudal society and the second with the nature of state shaped largely by the growth of new classes as a result of agrarian changes, sluggish trade and the limited role of money in society. The third part explores the linkages between the socio-economic changes and the ideological trends noticeable in early medieval times. A collection of articles by eminent historians with an unquestionable grasp of the primary sources, the work underlines the heuristic value of the feudal construction for a meaningful understanding of historical processes at work in early medieval India. The editor's introduction convincingly refutes the arguments of the critics of the feudal model by drawing comparable material from European as well as Asian countries, and adds new dimension to the feudalism debate by relating it to developments in the field of religion, literature and art.
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About the author

D.N. Jha

Dwijendra Narayan Jha is currently professor of history at the University of Delhi. Professor Jha’s works include Revenue System in Post-Maurya and Gupta Times (Calcutta, 1967), Ancient India: An Introductory Outline (Delhi, 19977), Studies in Early Indian Economic History (Delhi, 1980), Economy and Society in Early India: Issues and Paradigms (Delhi, 1993) and a number of articles published in Indian and foreign journals. He has to his credit several edited works including Feudal Social Formation in Early India (Delhi 1987) and Society and Ideology in India: Essays in Honour of Professor R.S. Sharma (Delhi, 1996).

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Title The Feudal Order: State, Society and Ideology in Early Medieval India
Author D.N. Jha
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8173044732
length xi+539p., Table; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History