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Peasant State And Society In Medieval South India
by Burton Stein
In this penetrating work the author questions the assumptions underlying the established historiography on medieval South India and provides the basis for a broad new interpretation based upon a central concern with peasant society and culture.
(first published January 1st 1980)
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Stein's work is a classic study of state formation in the Kaveri delta. A meticulous account of key social formations that constituted the Chola state. Stein marshals epigraphic data and raises important questions around caste formation and its role in state formation. Critical to this is understanding the relationship that prevailed and developed between the monarchic overlords (Pallava, CHola, Vijayanagara), Brahmins settled collectively in the rich agricultural stretches of the Coromandel, ...more