Kin, Clan, Raja, and Rule: Statehinterland Relations in Preindustrial India

Kin, Clan, Raja, and Rule: Statehinterland Relations in Preindustrial India

Kin, Clan, Raja, and Rule: Statehinterland Relations in Preindustrial India

Kin, Clan, Raja, and Rule: Statehinterland Relations in Preindustrial India

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This study investigates the behavioral and ideological interaction between local community and national society in preindustrial northern India. The investigation of the relationship between state and hinterland, between region and locality in the Indian past will I hope contribute to a comparative political anthropology and to a deeper comprehension of the nature of the state. This study also seeks to define more adequately the special qualities of Indian civilization, at least as they are reflected in the unique, culturally defined state-hinterland relations found within traditional northern India. I therefore am addressing myself to both South Asia specialists and non- specialists; to those with much background in anthropology and to those with little.

I have purged the text of most native revenue and political terms which do so much to discourage cross-cultural research. I have not tried to regularize the spelling of Indian terms, nor do I employ diacritical marks. Indian scholars will recognize the words in any case, and the general reader will avoid the burden of numerous italicized unpronounceables. From this desire to stress the general rather than detail the specific, I have avoided extensive citation of specific personages and recounting of events in northern India during the historical period under study. Similarly, the chapter on comparative state forms is discursive and I hope, illuminative; it is not exhaustive. My object is to see general processes in Indian state-hinterland . . .

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