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The World of Harsha. Era of Transition. Harsha and his time. Dynastic Origins of Harsha Vardhana (607-647) Harsha as an Emperor and conqueror Ideals of Emperor Touring Emperor Nagananda, Ratnavali, and Priyadarsika Sources about Harsha’s empire: Harsha Charita Hsuan Tsang/Xuan Zhuang.

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The world of harsha

The World of Harsha

Era of Transition


Harsha and his time

Harsha and his time

  • Dynastic Origins of Harsha Vardhana (607-647)

  • Harsha as an Emperor and conqueror

  • Ideals of Emperor

  • Touring Emperor

  • Nagananda,Ratnavali, and Priyadarsika

  • Sources about Harsha’s empire:

  • Harsha Charita

  • Hsuan Tsang/Xuan Zhuang


A limited monarch

A Limited Monarch

  • Chakravartin

  • Samantachakara

  • Maharajadhiraj

  • Mahasamantas

  • Land Grants to Brahmins

  • Rival Kings in Bengal, Chalukyan of Badami or Pulakeshin II


Transformation in administrative structure

Transformation in Administrative structure

  • Hierarchy of Administration: Desha, Rastra bhukti (Province)

  • Districts Pradesh or Vishaya

  • Provincial Governor or Distirct incharge Kumarmatya

  • Village Assembly- astrakula adhikaranas

  • Mahattar as eleders of the community

  • Grama adhyakhshas


Urban administration

Urban Administration

  • Head of Urban Affairs nagarashresthin

  • Representative of Guilds Sharthavaha

  • Chief artisan Prathama-Kulika

  • Chief Scribe Pratham Kayastha

  • Community and State intermeshed in administrative structure


Agrarian economy and significance of land grant

Agrarian Economy and Significance of Land Grant

  • Land grant to collectivity of Brahmin (Brahmadeya)

  • Grant to Temples and Monasteries

  • Revenue Rights as an alternative to cash salaries

  • Granting of judicial and administrative rights

  • Water wheels and stepwells

  • Conversion of land into peasant settlement


Relationship between community and state

Relationship between Community and State

  • Linkage between community and state

  • Social customs and boundaries of state authority

  • Brahmanical authority and its limits

  • Monarchy limited by customs

  • Feudatories limited by monarchs and peasant mobility

  • Communitarian State


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