Origin & Growth of Feudalism
in Early India
From the Mauryas to AD 650

By Gian Chand Chauhan
July 2004
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
ISBN: 8121510287
190 pages, Illustrated, 5 " x 8 "
$29.50 Hardcover

This work analyzes the origin and growth of feudalism, and deals with the political, economic and social aspect of Indian feudalism. This period saw origin and growth of feudalism, it referred the division of society into social estates, privileges for the nobility, closed economy, the dominant position of landed aristocrats, all that hampered the movement of society forward and restricted the development of town and trade.

The Indian form of feudalism has been treated on the basis of history of ancient India. The complexity and variety of life in feudal society has been shown, fundamental concepts offered, and the basic patterns of the development of the socioeconomic and political formation of feudalism explained. This work would be of great interest to the historian of Ancient Indian History and the researchers who are interested in the study of feudalism.

CONTENTS: 1. Introduction. 2. Origin of Feudalism. 3. Growth of Feudalism. 4. Land Grants 5. Suzerain-Vassal Relations. 6. Conclusion. Appendix: Ownership of land. Bibliography. Index.


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