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Re-searching Transitions in Indian History

ISBN 9781138221871
Published June 7, 2018 by Routledge India
252 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The idea of transitions in Indian history emerged early when the term ‘transition’ denoted shifts from one period to another. The notion of transition itself has moved beyond being primarily economic to include dimensions of society, culture and ideology. This volume brings together scholarly works that re-examine and re-define the concept of transition by looking into a range of subjects including religion, culture, gender, caste and community networks, maritime and mercantile modes, ideas of nationalism and historiographies across geographical and temporal settings.

With contributions by leading scholars from South Asia, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of ancient history, modern Indian history, sociology and social anthropology, and South Asian studies.

Table of Contents


Radhika Seshan

Part I: Locating Transitions

  1. Questioning Transitions
  2. [Stewart Gordon]

    Part II: Early India

  3. Transitions in Early Historic South India: A Theoretical Perspective
  4. [Rajan Gurukkal]

  5. Evolution of Political Institutions and Culture in Karnataka, 400–1300 CE
  6. [Malini Adiga]

  7. Another Transition Debate? Charting the Movement Towards the Early Medieval and Out of It
  8. [Bhairabi Prasad Sahu]

  9. Transitions in Early Tamilakam: Gender and Religion
  10. [R. Mahalakshmi]

    Part III: The Sea

  11. Transitions at Sea: Maritime Orders and the 18th-Century Indian Ocean
  12. [Rila Mukherjee]

  13. Alterations in Indian Mercantile Modes from the Pre-modern to the Modern Period
  14. [Ruby Maloni]

  15. Introduction of the British Consular Jurisdiction into Zanzibar: Indian Merchants in a Judicial Transition
  16. [Shizuo Katakura]

    Part IV: Numismatics

  17. Understanding Transitions in Indian History: In the Light of Numismatics Evidence
  18. [Danish Moin]

    Part V: Colonial India

  19. The Consolidation of Jati in Colonial India
  20. [Monika Vaidya]

  21. Relocating Caste: The Politics of Communalism in Early 20th-Century Bombay
  22. [Mrunal Patnekar]

  23. Marathi Theatre in Transition
  24. [Shraddha Kumbhojkar]

  25. Shaming the Self, Negating History: Advent of Evangelicals and Transformation of a Community in Colonial North East India
  26. [Sajal Nag]

    Part VI: Regions

  27. Transition in Tibet: The End of Bon and a Warrior Nation and the Rise of Buddhism
  28. [M. N. Rajesh]

  29. Transitions in Malabar: Rethinking History

        [Abdu Rahiman Thottekat]

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Radhika Seshan is Professor and Head at the Department of History, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India. Her main area of research is maritime and urban history. Her recent publications include Narratives, Routes and Intersections in Pre-modern Asia (2017).

Shraddha Kumbhojkar is Assistant Professor at the Department of History, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India. Among her recently published work is the article ‘Untouchables and Contested History’ in Inclusive.