Author: Eminent Contributors
Editor(s): Biswamoy Pati / Bhairabi Prasad / et. Al
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185229813
The essays collected in the book weave together issues and concerns of different scholars from the world of Indian history. The themes they examine reflect a common desire to understand historical processes over time and from the perspective of different regions, without losing sight of the broader historical context.
Through this attempt, the book perhaps demonstrates not only the fascinating possibilities of India’s historical scholarship, but also the fact that it has indeed come of age. The fifteen essays included here, covering the early, medieval and modern periods of Indian history, are organized under three thematic sections: ideology, legitimacy and the state; environment, exchange and economic transactions; social change and resistance. Together, they present ways of negotiating India’s past.
The essays that focus on early Indian history delineate the change of orientation in this field. This is borne out by the ground that has been covered: the history of archaeology in colonial India, political processes and the structure of the policy, social history, gender, the relevance of both text and context and the environment - all these are taken up for scrutiny.
The essays that examine different aspects of 'medieval' India are based on a wide variety of sources. They question several of the assumptions of historians and historiography centered around subversive cults and nomadic peoples, and examine crucial aspects related to the monetary system and the dynamics of early trading contacts with the English.
The essays dealing with 'modern' India discuss the complex interactions associated with the 'colonial encounter' and the negotiations they entailed.
This book is in memory of Professor Partha Sarathi Gupta, who taught at the Department of History, Delhi University, from 1962 till 1999. He passed away suddenly on 10 August 1999, just a few days after his retirement. A dedicated historian with a zeal for exactitude, an erudite scholar and a committed teacher, Professor Gupta was in many ways an institution within an institution and a source of inspiration for generations of students, including many of the contributors to this volume.
Partha Sarathi Gupta (1934-1999)
IDEOLOGY, LEGITIMACY AND THE STATE
The Discovery of the Indus Civilization: Early Intuitions and Unknown Reports, 1826-1920
The Early State in Orissa: From the Perspective of Changing Forms of Patronage and Legitimation
The Making of a Mandala: Fuzzy Frontiers of Kalhana’s Kashmir
The Legitimacy of Order: Music as Ideology in Ancient and Medieval Tamilakam
Pindaris, Soldiers and State Formation in Malwa, c.1800-18
OF ENVIRONEMENT, EXCHANGE AND ECONOMIC TRANSACTIONS
Water Resources and Forests in Southern Rajasthan:
Glimpses from Inscriptions
Mughals and Mahmudis: The Incorporation of Gujarat into the Imperial Monetary System
Nomadic or Semi-Nomadic: Banjaras and the Indian Economy, Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries
English Trading Methods in the Seventeenth Century and the Rajapur Experiment
SOCIAL CHANGE AND RESISTANCE
The Household, the Community and Women:
Perspectives from the Early Grhyasutras, c.800-500 BC
Symbols of Resistance: Non-Brahmanical Sants as Religious Heroes in Late Medieval India
The Bhils in Colonial Mewar
Negotiating with Dharma Pinnu: Towards a Social History of Smallpox in Colonial Orissa
A Note on Jobbers and Jobbery
World War II and the Politics of Loyalty and Defiance in Bengal, 1939-42.