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Notwithstanding the prolificity of indepth researches in contemporary historiography, Professor Subramanian's book is the first concentrative effort to track down the social history of the Tamils.

Today, the Tamils, over fifty million of them, live in the South-eastern state of the Indian peninsula: Tamil Nadu- which indisputably represents the very nucleus of millennia-old Dravidian culture in India.

The book offers a compelling account of the Tamil's society, economy, religious beliefs, educational mechanism, arts and cultural expressions during the years 1707-1947- when, significantly, the British domination blossomed, bloomed, and faded; when new thoughts, new ideas, and new ways of life came as irresistibly into the homeland of the Tamils as into the Indian subcontinent. Thus retracing over two centuries of the British connection with India. The author here tries to show how the long colonial rule in India exposed the tradition-bound Tamilian society to Western influences- with results that proved incalculable in both their range and depth.

Social History of the Tamil: 1707-1947 is the outcome of Professor Subramanian's decade-long, painstaking research authenticated by an astonishing mass of evidence including archival records, Jesuit sources, Modi manuscripts, newspapers reports, biographies, travelogues, literary writings, and even fictional works,

About the Author

P. Subramanian, a Madras University PhD is Professor of History, heading the Department of Rare paper Manuscript, Tamil University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, An untiring researcher and research guide, he holds membership of several learned bodies, like Indian History Congress, All India political Science Association, and Kongu school of Historical Studies.

Professor Subramanian's Published work comprises numerous research articles and five books that include Indian History and Civilization; history of Europe: 1815-1870, and the 3-volume Tamil translation: Modi Documents.

 

CONTENTS
  PREFACE V
  INTRODUCTION 1-28
  Political Conditions 6
  Socio-Economic Conditions 11
  Sources 16
1 SOCIAL CONDITIONS 29-167
i Caste System 29
ii Joint Family and Women 71
iii Rural and Urban Communities 88
iv Everyday Life 118
2 ECONOMIC CONDITIONS 169-237
i Land and its Importance 169
ii Economic Conditions 190
iii Industries and Industrial Classes 211
3 RELIGION 239-289
i Saivism 241
ii Sri Vaisnavism 248
iii Christianity 253
iv Islam 262
v Minor Religious Sects 269
vi Village Gods and Deities 271
vii Modern Religious Movements 278
4 EDUCATION 291-355
i Indigenous Institutions of Learning 291
ii Policy of the Government 299
iii Education 1990-47 316
iv Education of the Depressed Classes 337
v Educations of the Muslims 341
vi Female Education 343
5 ART AND LETTERS 357-457
i Music 362
ii Dance 372
iii Cinema 382
iv Architecture 384
v Sculpture 385
vi Painting 385
vii Literature 387
viii Tamil Prose 388
ix Poetry 403
6 CONCLUSION 459-469
  BIBLIOGRAPHY 471-491
  GLOSSARY 493-504
  INDEX 505

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Social History of the Tamils

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IDD096
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2005
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From the Back of the Book

Notwithstanding the prolificity of indepth researches in contemporary historiography, Professor Subramanian's book is the first concentrative effort to track down the social history of the Tamils.

Today, the Tamils, over fifty million of them, live in the South-eastern state of the Indian peninsula: Tamil Nadu- which indisputably represents the very nucleus of millennia-old Dravidian culture in India.

The book offers a compelling account of the Tamil's society, economy, religious beliefs, educational mechanism, arts and cultural expressions during the years 1707-1947- when, significantly, the British domination blossomed, bloomed, and faded; when new thoughts, new ideas, and new ways of life came as irresistibly into the homeland of the Tamils as into the Indian subcontinent. Thus retracing over two centuries of the British connection with India. The author here tries to show how the long colonial rule in India exposed the tradition-bound Tamilian society to Western influences- with results that proved incalculable in both their range and depth.

Social History of the Tamil: 1707-1947 is the outcome of Professor Subramanian's decade-long, painstaking research authenticated by an astonishing mass of evidence including archival records, Jesuit sources, Modi manuscripts, newspapers reports, biographies, travelogues, literary writings, and even fictional works,

About the Author

P. Subramanian, a Madras University PhD is Professor of History, heading the Department of Rare paper Manuscript, Tamil University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, An untiring researcher and research guide, he holds membership of several learned bodies, like Indian History Congress, All India political Science Association, and Kongu school of Historical Studies.

Professor Subramanian's Published work comprises numerous research articles and five books that include Indian History and Civilization; history of Europe: 1815-1870, and the 3-volume Tamil translation: Modi Documents.

 

CONTENTS
  PREFACE V
  INTRODUCTION 1-28
  Political Conditions 6
  Socio-Economic Conditions 11
  Sources 16
1 SOCIAL CONDITIONS 29-167
i Caste System 29
ii Joint Family and Women 71
iii Rural and Urban Communities 88
iv Everyday Life 118
2 ECONOMIC CONDITIONS 169-237
i Land and its Importance 169
ii Economic Conditions 190
iii Industries and Industrial Classes 211
3 RELIGION 239-289
i Saivism 241
ii Sri Vaisnavism 248
iii Christianity 253
iv Islam 262
v Minor Religious Sects 269
vi Village Gods and Deities 271
vii Modern Religious Movements 278
4 EDUCATION 291-355
i Indigenous Institutions of Learning 291
ii Policy of the Government 299
iii Education 1990-47 316
iv Education of the Depressed Classes 337
v Educations of the Muslims 341
vi Female Education 343
5 ART AND LETTERS 357-457
i Music 362
ii Dance 372
iii Cinema 382
iv Architecture 384
v Sculpture 385
vi Painting 385
vii Literature 387
viii Tamil Prose 388
ix Poetry 403
6 CONCLUSION 459-469
  BIBLIOGRAPHY 471-491
  GLOSSARY 493-504
  INDEX 505

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