Sahu: The Changing Gaze
Sahu, Bhairabi P.:
The Changing Gaze : Regions and the Constructions of Early India / by B. P. Sahu. - New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2013. - ca. 344 S. : Kt.
US$ 40,45 (D.K. Agencies)
£ 27,50 (OUP UK)
Why did Indian historians move away from the epicentric approach in the 1970s? Why did they shift their focus to localities and sub-regions from historico-geographic blocks like the Gangetic heartland and the Kaveri valley? What were the processes that helped to develop the idea of India? Examining the questions that have shaped history-writing in India, this book maps changing perspectives about early India.
Focusing on the histories of regions around Odisha, Sahu argues that cultural-historical regions as they emerged through early medieval times and beyond were different from the post-Independence linguistic states as well as ancient archaeological culture regions. He posits that they were constituted historically through the interplay of the constituent sub-regions and localities, as well as in?uenced by continuous
multilateral, trans-regional transactions. Finally, he contends these regions were dynamic, expanding, and shrinking over time.
To understand the differences and linkages between regions, the book studies several strands of historical development: from the role of Brahmanical ideology in the construction of caste to the regional dimensions of the Kali Age crisis; from agrarian land systems to forms of protest and dissent; and the evolution of regional identities in Indian historiography. [Verlagsinformation]
Introduction: Regions and the Constructions of Early India
PART I: EARLY PATTERNS OF SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHANGE
1. Brahmanical Conception of Origin of Jātis: A Study of Manusmṛti
2. Conception of the Kali Age in Early India: Perspectives from the Regions
3. Varṇa, Jāti, and the Shaping of Early Oriya Society
4. Profiling of Dakṣiṇa Kosala: The Making of an Early Historical Subregion?
PART II: THE TRAJECTORY OF REGIONAL POLITIES
5. Ways of Seeing: History and Historiography of the State in Early India
6. The Early State in Orissa: From the Perspective of Changing Forms of Patronage and Legitimation
7. Characterizing Early Medieval Indian Polity: The Case of Dakṣiṇa Kosala and Beyond
8. Legitimation, Ideology, and State in Early India
PART III: THE SHAPING OF REGIONAL RURAL SOCIETIES
9. Mapping the Patterns of Regional Land Systems and Rural Society
10. Agrarian Changes and the Peasantry in Early Medieval Orissa
11. Shifting the Gaze: Facets of Sub-regional Agrarian Economies
12. Dissent and Protest in Early Indian Societies: Some Historiographic Remarks
Bhairabi Prasad Sahu, Professor of History, University of Delhi, India. Profile page.
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