Issues in Social History, Including Caste, Class, Kinship and Gender

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Topics

  • Bricks, Beads and Bones: the Harappan Civilisation
    • Introduction to Harappan Civilisation
    • Subsistence Strategies
    • Mohenjodaro: a Planned Urban Centre
    • Tracking Social Differences
    • Finding Out About Craft Production
    • Strategies for Procuring Materials
    • Seals, Script, Weights
    • Ancient Authority
    • The End of the Civilisation
    • Discovering the Harappan Civilisation
    • Problems of Piecing Together the Past
  • Kings, Farmers and Towns: Early States and Economies
    • Prinsep and Piyadassi
    • The Earliest States
    • An Early Empire
    • New Notions of Kingship
    • A Changing Countryside
    • Towns and Trade
    • Back to Basics - How Are Inscriptions Deciphered?
    • The Limitations of Inscriptional Evidence
  • Kinship, Caste and Class: Early Societies
    • The Critical Edition of the Mahabharata
    • Kinship and Marriage: Many Rules and Varied Practices
    • Social Differences: Within and Beyond the Framework of Caste
    • Beyond Birth Resources and Status
    • Explaining Social Differences: a Social Contract
    • Handling Texts Historians and the Mahabharata
    • A Dynamic Text
  • Thinkers, Beliefs and Buildings: Cultural Developments
    • A Glimpse of Sanchi
    • The Background: Sacrifices and Debates
    • Beyond Worldly Pleasures: the Message of Mahavira
    • The Buddha and the Quest for Enlightenment
    • The Teachings of the Buddha
    • Followers of the Buddha
    • Stupas
    • “Discovering” Stupas the Fate of Amaravati and Sanchi
    • Sculpture
    • New Religious Traditions
    • Can We “See” Everything?
  • Through the Eyes of Travellers: Perceptions of Society
    • Al-biruni and the Kitab-ul-hind
    • Ibn Battuta’s Rihla
    • Francois Bernier - a Doctor with a Difference
    • Making Sense of an Alien World Al-biruni and the Sanskritic Tradition
    • Ibn Battuta and the Excitement of the Unfamiliar
    • Bernier and the “Degenerate” East
    • Women Slaves, Sati and Labourers
  • Bhakti - Sufi Traditions: Changes in Religious Beliefs and Devotional Texts
    • A Mosaic of Religious Beliefs and Practices
    • Poems of Prayer Early Traditions of Bhakti
    • The Virashaiva Tradition in Karnataka
    • Religious Ferment in North India
    • New Strands in the Fabric Islamic Traditions
    • The Growth of Sufism
    • The Chishtis in the Subcontinent
    • New Devotional Paths Dialogue and Dissent in Northern India
    • Reconstructing Histories of Religious Traditions
  • An Imperial Capital Vijayanagara
    • The Discovery of Hampi
    • Rayas, Nayakas and Sultans
    • Vijayanagara - the Capital and Its Environs
    • The Royal Centre
    • The Sacred Centre
    • Plotting Palaces, Temples and Bazaars
    • Questions in Search of Answers
  • Peasants, Zamindars and the State: Agrarian Society and the Mughal Empire
    • Peasants and Agricultural Production
    • The Village Community
    • Women in Agrarian Society
    • Forests and Tribes
    • The Zamindars
    • Land Revenue System
    • The Flow of Silver
    • The Ain-i Akbari of Abu’L Fazl Allami
  • Kings and Chronicles: the Mughal Courts
    • The Mughals and Their Empire
    • Production of Chronicles
    • The Painted Image
    • The Akbar Nama and the Badshah Nama
    • The Ideal Kingdom
    • Capitals and Courts
    • The Imperial Household
    • The Imperial Officials
    • Beyond the Frontiers
    • Questioning Formal Religion
  • Colonialism and the Countryside: Exploring Official Archives
    • Bengal and the Zamindars
    • The Hoe and the Plough
    • A Revolt in the Countryside the Bombay Deccan
    • The Deccan Riots Commission
  • Rebels and the Raj: 1857 Revolt and Its Representations
    • Pattern of the Rebellion
    • Awadh in Revolt
    • What the Rebels Wanted
    • Repression
    • Images of the Revolt
  • Colonial Cities: Urbanisation, Planning and Architecture
    • Towns and Cities in Pre-colonial Times
    • Finding Out About Colonial Cities
    • What Were the New Towns Like?
    • Segregation, Town Planning and Architecture: Madras, Calcutta and Bombay
    • What Buildings and Architectural Styles Tell Us
  • Mahatma Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement: Civil Disobedience and Beyond
    • A Leader Announces Himself
    • The Making and Unmaking of Non-cooperation
    • The Salt Satyagraha a Case Study
    • Quit India
    • The Last Heroic Days
    • Knowing Gandhi
  • Understanding Partition: Politics, Memories, Experiences
    • Some Partition Experiences
    • A Momentous Marker
    • Why and How Did Partition Happen?
    • The Withdrawal of Law and Order
    • Gendering Partition
    • Regional Variations
    • Help, Humanity, Harmony
    • Oral Testimonies and History
  • Framing the Constitution: the Beginning of a New Era
    • A Tumultuous Time
    • The Vision of the Constitution
    • Defining Rights
    • The Powers of the State
    • The Language of the Nation
  • Themes in Indian History Part 1
  • Political and Economic History - How Inscriptions tell a story.
  • A History of Buddhism - Sanchi Stupa
  • The Story of the First Cities - Harappan Archaeology
  • Social Histories - Using the Mahabharata
  • Themes in Indian History Part 2
  • Medieval Society Through Traveller'S Accounts
    • Social and Cultural Life as They Appear in Travelers Accounts
    • Discussion of Where They Travelled, Why They Travelled, What They Wrote, and for Whom They Wrote
    • Alberuni, Ibn Batuta, Bernier -what These Travel Accounts Can Tell Us and Interpreted by Historians
  • New Architecture - Hampi
    • Outline of New Buildings During Vijayanagar Period
    • Relationship Between Architecture and the Political System
    • Account of How Hampi Was Found
    • Hampi - Ways in Which Historians Have Analyzed and Interpreted
  • The Mughal Court - Reconstructing Histories Through Chronicles
    • Outline of Political History 15th-17th Centuries
    • Mughal Court and Politics
    • Account of the Production of Mughal Court Chronicles
    • Account of Subsequent Translation and Transmission
    • Ways in Which Historians Have Used the Texts to Reconstruct Political Histories
  • Religious Histories - The Bhakti-sufi Tradition
    • Religious Developments During this Period (Bhakti-sufi Tradition)
    • Ideas and Practices of the Bhakti-sufi Saints
    • Bhakti-sufi Compositions Preserved
    • Bhakti-sufi - Ways in Which These Have Been Interpreted by Historians
  • Agrarian Relations - The Ain-i- Akbari
    • Structure of Agrarian Relations in the 16th and 17th Centuries
    • Patterns of Change Over the Period (Ain-i- Akbari)
    • Account of the Compilation and Translation of Ain-i-akbari
    • Ways in which historians have used the text to reconstruct history (Ain-i-Akbari)
  • Themes in Indian History Part 3
  • Colonialism and Rural Society - Evidence From Official Reports
    • Life of Zamindars, Peasants and Artisans in the Late 18th Century
    • East India Company, Revenue Settlements and Surveys
    • Colonialism and Rural Society - Changes Over the Nineteenth Century
    • Story of Official Records
    • Official Records Used by Historians
  • Mahatma Gandhi Through Contemporary Eyes
    • The Nationalist Movement 1918 - 48
    • The Nature of Gandhian Politics and Leadership
  • Colonialism and Indian Towns - Town Plans and Municipal Reports
    • Growth of Mumbai, Chennai, Hill Stations and Cantonments in the 18th and 19th Centuries
    • Photographs and Paintings
    • Plans of Cities
    • Extract from Town Plan Reports
    • Focus on Kolkata Town Planning
  • Partition Through Oral Sources
    • The History of the 1940s
    • Nationalism, Communalism and Partition
    • Oral Testimonies of Those Who Experienced Partition
  • Representations of 1857
    • The Events of 1857-58
    • How These Events Were Recorded and Narrated
    • Pictures of 1857 Shaped British Opinion
  • Map Work
    • Map Work
  • The Making of the Constitution
    • Independence and the New Nation State
    • The Making of the Constitution
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