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In this compelling new study, Whitney Cox presents a fundamental re-imagining of the politics of pre-modern India through the reinterpretation of the contested accession of Kulottunga I (r.1070–1120) as the ruler of the imperial Chola dynasty. By focusing on this complex event and its ramifications over time, Cox traces far-reaching transformations throughout the kingdom and beyond. Through a methodologically innovative combination of history, theory and the close reading of a rich series of Sanskrit and Tamil textual sources, Cox reconstructs the nature of political society in medieval India. A major intervention in the fields of South Asian social, political and cultural history, religion and comparative political thought, this book poses fresh comparative and conceptual questions about politics, history, agency and representation in the pre-modern world.

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'At once profoundly erudite, engaging to read, and methodologically innovative, Whitney Cox's book reveals the inner dynamics of the Chola state-system through a close study of one major king and fine-grained, sensitive readings of the inscriptions and literary classics that were produced at his court. In short: a remarkable book, rich in insight, about one of the most remarkable periods in South Asian history.'

David Shulman - Hebrew University, Jerusalem

'In what is essentially a biography of a great South Indian king, Whitney Cox tells a splendid tale, but one that challenges us as well. I cannot imagine a more welcome contribution to scholarship on the history of India - and indeed to much more (Indian literature, historiography, political theory …).'

Leslie C. Orr - Concordia University, Montreal and author of Donors, Devotees and Daughters of God: Temple Women in Medieval Tamilnadu

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Annual Report on Epigraphy (later Annual Report on Indian Epigraphy)

ASI

Archeological Survey of India

BEFEO

Bulletin de l’École française d’Extrême-Orient

BEI

Bulletin d’Études Indiennes

BSOAS

Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

CIS

Contributions to Indian Sociology

CSSH

Comparative Studies in Society and History

EC

Epigraphia Carnatica

EFEO

École française d’Extrême-Orient

EI

Epigraphia Indica

IA

Indian Antiquary

IESHR

The Indian Economic and Social History Review

IFP

Institut Français de Pondichéry

IPS

Inscriptions (texts) of Pudukottai State

JAHRS

Journal of the Andhra Historical Research Society

JAOS

Journal of the American Oriental Society

JAS

Journal of Asian Studies

JESHO

Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient

JIP

Journal of Indian Philosophy

JRAS

Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

JSAS

Journal of South Asian Studies

MTL

University of Madras Tamil Lexicon

PI

Pondicherry Inscriptions

QJMS

Quarterly Journal of the Mythic Society (Bangalore)

SII

South Indian Inscriptions

SITI

South Indian Temple Inscriptions

TKC

Tamiḻk kalvĕṭṭuc cŏllakarāti

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