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The Routledge Handbook of the State in Premodern India

Edited by: Hermann Kulke , Bhairabi Prasad Sahu

Print publication date:  February  2022
Online publication date:  January  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367558970
eBook ISBN: 9781003242062
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003242062
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Book description

This handbook presents a multilayered and multidimensional history of state formation in premodern India.

It explores dense and rich local and subregional historiography from the mid-first millennium BC to the eighteenth century in South Asia. Shifting the focus away from economic and political factors, this handbook revises the conventional understanding of states and empires and locates them in their quotidian conduct and activity on socio-cultural and concomitant factors.

Comprehensive in scope, this handbook addresses a range of themes connected with the idea of state formation in the subcontinent. It includes discussions and debates on ritual practices and the Brahmanical order in early India; the Delhi Sultanate and role of Sultans among the Hindu kings; the cosmopolitan ?Islamicate? cultural influences on Puranic Hinduism; cultural background of the Mughal state.

The handbook examines new questions and ideologies of state formation, such as:

·         facets of violence and resistance;

·         the significance of the autonomous spaces and forests;

·         regional elites, including ?Little kings?; tribal background of some famous cults;

·         trade and maritime commerce;

·         royal patronage, courtly manners, lineage formation;

·         imperial architecture, monuments, and temple, among others.

Featuring case studies from different part of the India subcontinent, and with contributions by renowned historians, this authoritative handbook will be an indispensable reading for teachers, scholars, and students of early India, medieval India, premodern India, South Asian history, Asian history, historiography, economic history, historical sociology, and South Asia studies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The tidal waves of Indian history Download PDF
Chapter  2:  ‘Autonomous spaces' and the authority of the state Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The vana and the kṣetra  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The state, violence and resistance Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Structure of the chiefdom in peninsular India Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Trade and the making of state society in early India (600–1300 CE) Download PDF
Chapter  7:  State formation and the frontiers Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Little kingdoms Download PDF
Chapter  9:  A theatre of broken dreams 2.0  Download PDF
Chapter  10:  State, patronage and religion in the early Valkhā territory (c. 4th to 5th centuries CE)  Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Violence, courtly manners and lineage formation in early medieval India  Download PDF
Chapter  12:  State formation under the Western Gangas in Karnataka, c. 400 to 1000 CE  Download PDF
Chapter  13:  State formation and polity of Brahmapura-Kārttikeyapura in Central Himalayas (c. 5th–10th centuries CE) Download PDF
Chapter  14:  State and its fortunes Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Imperial rulers and regional elites in early medieval central India (8th to 13th centuries)  Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Revisiting the Cōḻa state Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Imperial temple architecture and the ideology of kingship in Odisha Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The mouse in the ancestry Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Building a past Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Kosalananda Kavyam and the making of a Rajput dynasty Download PDF
Chapter  21:  “Sultan among Hindu Kings” Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Preparing for the Mughal state Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Durga and the king Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The formation of a centre out there Download PDF
Chapter  25:  King, goddesses and Jagannatha Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Virtual relations Download PDF
Chapter  27:  From dispute to ‘disturbance' Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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