Synopses & Reviews
This study of state formation, religious institutions, and the economy during the Chola period in South India (9th-13th centuries) uses locational and statistical methods to analyze the relationship between ritual and administration in a dynamic empire.
"James Heitzman's analysis of Chola kingship, politics, and prestation is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Precolonial South Indian states that transcends disciplinary boundaries in addressing broad social issues with historical rigor. Written in a way to appeal to both South Asian specialists and nonspecialists....it is compelling and provocative and is thus bound to encourage future research."--American Anthropologist