Precolonial India in Practice : Society, Region, and Identity in Medieval Andhra: Society, Region, and Identity in Medieval Andhra
Oxford University Press, USA, Aug 23, 2001 - Religion - 328 pages
The society of traditional India is frequently characterized as static and dominated by caste. This study challenges older interpretations, arguing that medieval India was actually a time of dynamic change and fluid social identities. Using records of religious endowments from Andhra Pradesh, author Cynthia Talbot reconstructs a regional society of the precolonial past as it existed in practice.
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This is an impressive narration of the historical changes of erstwhile State of Andhra Pradesh on all important aspects. Talbot succeeded in bringing out the dynamism despite the constraints in Society. As an agricultural scientist I am impressed with changes brought in this field.
Dr KPR Vittal, Former Director, National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management (ICAR), Presently Hyderabad 500062 (TS)