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The Political Economy of Craft Production
Crafting Empire in South India, c.1350–1650

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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521174169

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  • Carla Sinopoli examines a diverse range of crafts to explore the role and significance of craft production in the political economy of the fourteenth through seventeenth-century South Indian Vijayanagara empire. Ranging from poetry to pottery, Sinopoli utilizes evidence from twenty years of fieldwork at the Vijayanagara capital, one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world in its time. This book is a broad-ranging study of craft production in South Asia, as well as other early state empires.

    • The most broad-ranging study of craft production in South Asia, or in any other early empire or state
    • Based on evidence gathered from over 20 years of fieldwork at the Vijayanagara capital, one of the wealthiest cities in the world in its time
    • Calls into question dominant theoretical models for the organization of craft production in the state societies
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    "[T]his work is remarkably synthetic providing a focused account of a dynamic and extensive range of craft production activities, complete with social, political and economic implications for a wide spectrum of actors and institutions within a diversity of temporal and geographical settings. This volume is an important contribution to historical and archaeological writings on the Vijayanagara state and South Asian history and historiography." Peter G. Johansen, University of Chicago, Chicago South Asia Newsletter

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521174169
    • length: 370 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Specialized craft production: archaeological approaches
    3. The South Asian state
    4. Vijayanagara: the historical setting
    5. Vijayanagara: sources of evidence
    6. Craft products and craft producers
    7. Artisans and institutions: artisans and each other
    8. Crafting empire: conclusion.

  • Author

    Carla M. Sinopoli, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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