Gifts of Power: Lordship in an Early Indian State
This is a study of state formation, religious institutions, and the economy in southern India during the Chola period (AD 849--1279). The author uses locational and statistical methodologies to analyse the relationship between ritual and administration in a dynamic empire. The author investigates the processes that supported the efflorescence of temple art and architecture, the expansion of trade networkes, and the dominance of the Chola state. Discussions focus on the means and relations of agricultural production, including the construction of irrigation networks: the nature and role of urbanization in a pre-modern economy; the interaction between ritual and administration; the structure of the state; and the relationship between government and intermediate authorities.
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activity spaces administrative agricultural antarayam appears brahmadeyam brahmana brahmana communities canals cent central Chalukya Chola dynasty Chola kings Chola period Chola polity Cholamandalam cultivators distribution dominance donated lands dynasty early eleventh century endowments expansion five study areas groups Hoysala indicate irrigation irrigation facilities irrigation system kacu kadamai Kanchipuram kani Kaveri river delta Kollidam river kudi ninka kudimai Kumbakonam Taluk labour land revenue department land taxes located lords Malaiyaman nagarattar nattar Nilakantha Sastri official Pallava Pandya paraiyar pattern persons political production Pudukkottai Rajaraja Rajarajesvara temple Rashtrakuta records references religious institutions ritual centre ritual polity riverine royal order rulers settlements South Asia south India Srirangam Sub-period 3 Sub-period Subbarayalu Tamil Nadu Tanjavur tanks tax terms temple lands thirteenth century Tiruchirappalli Taluk Tirukkoyilur Taluk Tirutturaippundi Taluk Tiruvidaimarudur Tiruvidaimarudur SII titles transactional intensity transactional network urban utaiyan Vadakadu village western Chalukyas zones