The Early Medieval in South India

Kesavan Veluthat

Published by Oxford University Press, 2008
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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 role of temples and corporate bodies, structure of land-rights, patterns of surplus extraction, nature of state, evolution of landlordism, and the emergence of regional identity. Size: 15 x 23 Cm. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: This book re-examines and presents an alternative reading of the south Indian history. It explores the notion of "early medieval" in south India. The book is divided into three sections. The first section is devoted to problems and history general to the whole of the deep South. A very important question that raises itself is concerning the transition to the "early medieval." What was the kind of economy, society, polity, etc. that existed in the South before that period? What were the forces, which rendered them obsolete or non-workable? What were the processes through which a transition to an alternative formation took place? The second section looks at the history of Kerala which has remained relatively less researched than that of the rest of south India. The last section discusses the Karnataka region and argues that the pattern observed in the rest of south India is seen in this case also, with reference to institutions typical of this period.

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Kesavan Veluthat is Professor of History at Mangalore University.

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Title: The Early Medieval in South India
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2008
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