NETWORKS OF TRADE, POLITY, AND SOCIETAL INTEGRATION IN CHOLA-ERA SOUTH INDIA, C. 875-1279

By: Kenneth R. Hall

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This book studies transitional south Indian society during the critical Chola age, c.875-1279, when there was notable evolution of pre-existing as well as new societal institutions. Networks of Trade, Polity, and Societal Integration in Chola-Era South India, c.875-1279 considers issues of emic ('local') and etic ('external') agency; the origin of urban communities relative to movements of material and ideational 'commodities'; confrontations between alien cultures, formation of plural societies, dual loyalties, and multiple affiliations. Specifically, this book highlights the south Indian epigraphic sources that document the purposeful creation of clearly defined market and temple districts adjacent to settled agricultural societies, which were to be populated by multi-ethnic merchants, artisans, warriors, rulers, agriculturalists, and priests from the various regions of the south Indian downstream river basins and their hinterlands, as well as the Indian Ocean. Local inscriptional records are notable for their variety of detailed societal contracts, marketplace charters, and the coincidental approval of religious institution relationships that served the religious, political, cultural, and productive economic needs of the various societal communities. These civil records are consistent with contemporary charters of Hindu temples that were foundational to invasive urbanism into previously rural societies. In sum, this book incorporates new social network literature as a means to re-examining local historical records, to better understand the variety of regional primary and secondary urban networking that was basic to early south Indian societal change. Printed Pages: 280.

Title: NETWORKS OF TRADE, POLITY, AND SOCIETAL INTEGRATION IN CHOLA-ERA SOUTH INDIA, C. 875-1279

Author Name: Kenneth R. Hall

Categories: India, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, Primus Books: 2013

ISBN: 9789380607441

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 701614

Keywords: NETWORKS OF TRADE, POLITY, AND SOCIETAL INTEGRATION IN CHOLA-ERA SOUTH INDIA, C. 875-1279 Kenneth R. Hall