Contested Conjunctures: Brahman Communities and “Early Modernity” in India

O'Hanlon, Rosalind
June 2013
American Historical Review;Jun2013, Vol. 118 Issue 3, p765
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the idea of early modernity in India from the 16th to the 18th century, which contradicts the notion that modernity was introduced to the state during British colonial rule. The author explains that India contributed to a global community during the early modern period, which included developing trade networks throughout the Indian Ocean region. She discusses the social changes that were implicated during this time, explores the role of scribal specialists known as Brahmans, and examines the ethnic identities and religious cultures of India's peasants.


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