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Myth of Indian Feudalism

Sima Yadav

ISBN 10: 8176464651 / ISBN 13: 9788176464659
Editorial: B R Pub, Delhi, 2005
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Contents Foreword. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Feudalism and its meaning i. Feudalism in European context. ii. Feudalism in Indian context. 3. The reassessment of evidence (Bhumidana/land grants) concerning Feudalism in Indian context i. Gujara Pratiharas. ii. Palas. iii. Paramaras. iv. Chandellas. v. Summary of discussions. 4. Land ownership and Bhumidana in ancient India i. Community ownership. ii. State/royal ownership. iii. Individual ownership. iv. Settlement of ownership disputes and other related issues. v. Transfer of land ownership. vi. Summary. 5. Meaning object and significance of Bhumidana i. Introduction. ii. Data (donor). iii. Patra (donee). iv. Shraddha (Charitable attitude). v. Deya (subject of gift). vi. Kala (time). vii. Desa (place). viii. Ways means and rules of Bhumidana. 6. Bhumidana as financial support to education Viharas Mathas temples and learned Brahmanas i. Education and its organisations in ancient India. ii. Financial support to the education and educational institutions. iii. Evidence from 18 and 19 centuries. 7. Guilds charity and Feudalism. Conclusions. References. Index. This work of Dr. Sima Yadav attempts systematic refutations of R.S. Sharma's theory of Indian Feudalism after subjecting a rigorous reassessment of land/village grants of Gurjar Pratihars Pala Parmara and Chandela dynasties and consolidating the observations of this reassessment in tabular form. The conclusion is that nor more than 33 villages were granted by kings of these dynasties ruling the whole of Northern India from 700 to 1100 A.D. out of which only two were secular land grants the rest being religious/educational in character. If the period is extended from 1200 to 1400 A.D. i.e. by 200 years more the total number of village grants reach to a figure of 59 out of which only six villages were granted for secular purposes. As against this 82% of Mughal revenue went to 1671 mansabdars of Akbar's India and yet Mughal empire was not a feudal structure. Then how can with less than 0.001% of secular/administrative land grants early medieval India go feudal. This is the main line of argument in this book. The form and spirit of European feudalism has been contrasted with the early medieval polity in order to show that the latter was not feudalism in European sense of the term and there is hardly any solid basis to call it Indian feudalism. Points raised by R. Sharma in favour of his arguments for the decline of trade deurbanizatio paucity of coins and emergence of a closed rural economy with a dependant exploited peasantry as necessary concomitants of Indian feudalism as in Europe. has also been set aside. The positive meaning and purpose of the land/village grants as propounded in last three chapters have been held as corresponding to what has been traditionally proclaimed about them. The work is commendable in so far it boldly challenges one set of explanation of India land grants and is attempting another. Is contributing by way of reassessing the epigraphic material and highlighting the limitations and other implications of it which the pioneers in the field were not able to detect. The book is characterised by labouriously made new observations and fact based alternative interpretation of a very important source material. 326 pp. N° de ref. de la librería 53871

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Título: Myth of Indian Feudalism

Editorial: B R Pub, Delhi

Año de publicación: 2005

Encuadernación: Hardbound

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