Cities in Medieval India
Edited by Yogesh Sharma and Pius Malekandathil
2015, xx + 818pp, Hb
Cities in Medieval India focuses on the significance of urbanization in medieval India, by highlighting aspects of the rural-urban continuum and divide, power assertion, spatialization, social segmentation, labour process, as well as aspects of culture and human activity. By relating urbanization to issues such as economic transformation, commercial dynamism, agricultural production, ecology and environment, and the exercise of power and authority, the essays in this volume discuss many facets of the medieval cities.
Using a wide variety of primary sources and regional literary traditions this volume juxtaposes the ethos of traditional Indian cities, with the new urbanization brought into India, particularly in the coastal regions by the Europeans, from the sixteenth century onwards without neglecting imperial and metropolitan cities, secondary cities, small towns and qasbas.
The essays compiled here will be of interest to scholars of medieval Indian history as well as the general reader looking for a nuanced understanding of urbanization during the medieval phase.
Yogesh Sharma is Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His field of research includes the European traders and Indian commercial and maritime history. He has edited Coastal Histories: Society and Ecology in pre-Modern India (2009).
Pius Malekandathil is Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His major publications include Maritime India: Trade, Religion and Polity in the Indian Ocean (2010), and The Mughals, the Portuguese and the Indian Ocean: Changing Imageries of Maritime India (2013).