The Hollow Crown
Ethnohistory of an Indian Kingdom
By (author) Nicholas B. Dirks
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Hollow Crown by Nicholas B. Dirks
Book DescriptionA pioneering piece of ethnohistory, The Hollow Crown uses a variety of interdisciplinary means to reconstruct the sociocultural history of a warrior polity in south India between the fourteenth and the twentieth centuries. Central to the book is the belief that comparative sociology has systematically denied the importance of the Indian state and obscured the political basis of Indian society by representing caste as fundamentally a religious system. In reconstructing the history of the polity that eventually became the colonial princely state of Pudukkottai, Dr Dirks therefore raises a whole series of issues concerning the methodologies of history and anthropology, the character of Tamil kingship and social organization, the relationship between politics and ritual, the impact of colonialism and 'modernization', and the dynamics of the whole last millennium of south Indian history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521053723
(216mm x 138mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nicholas B. Dirks
Scandal of Empire, Paperback (May 2008)
When Warren Hastings was put on trial by Edmund Burke, it brought the East India Company's exploits to public attention. Presenting the scandal that laid the foundation of the British Empire, this work explains how the substitution of imperial authority for Company rule helped erase the origins of empire and justify the British presence in India.
Castes of Mind, Paperback (September 2001)
When thinking of India, it is hard not to think of caste. This work argues that caste is, in fact, neither an unchanged survival of ancient India nor a single system that reflects a core cultural value. It traces the career of caste from the medieval kingdoms of southern India to the textual traces of early colonial archives.
Culture/Power/History, Paperback (November 1993)» View all books by Nicholas B. Dirks
Offers a perspective on social theory in the contemporary moment. This readers includes essays that address Foucault's "new economy of power relations" in a number of different, contestatory directions.
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