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A Concise History of South India: Issues and Interpretations

Noboru Karashima (Editor)

Investigating the region's states and configurations, this book covers a wide range of topics that include the origins of the early inhabitants, formation of the ancient kingdoms, advancement of agriculture, new religious movements based on bhakti, and consolidation of centralized states in the medieval period. It further explores the growth of industries in relation to the development of East-West maritime trade in the Indian Ocean as well as the wave of Islamicization and the course of commercial relations with various European countries. The book then goes on to discuss the advent of early-modern state rule, impact of the raiyatwari system introduced by the British, debates about whether the region's economy developed or deteriorated during the eighteenth century, decline of matriliny in Kerala, emergence of the Dravidian Movement, and the intertwining of politics with contemporary popular culture.

Well illustrated with maps and images, and incorporating new archaeological evidence and historiography, this volume presents new perspectives on a gamut of issues relating to communities, languages, and cultures of a macro-region that continues to fascinate scholars and readers alike.

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About the author

Noboru Karashima

Noboru Karashima is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo and Professor of Indian Studies at Taisho University. He has published a number of important studies including A Concordance of the Names in the Cola Inscriptions, with Y. Subbarayalu and T. Tatsui (1979); South Indian History and Society: Studies from Inscriptions AD 850-1800 (1984); and Towards a New Formation: South Indian Society Under Vijayanagar Rule (1992). He served as the President of the Epigraphical Society of India in 1985 and is currently President of the International Association of Tamil Research and of the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies. In 1995 he was awarded the Academic Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Concise History of South India: Issues and Interpretations
Format Softcover
Date published: 23.09.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 0198099770, 9780198099772
length 418p.,
Subjects History