ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Against Feudalism

Historians and economists have propounded various theories of 'feudalism' and 'semi-feudalism' in order to explain social formations in India. The theory of 'Indian Feudalism' has two versions, the Universalist and the Particularist. This paper offers a critique of both these versions and argues that a theory of social formations derived from European experience has little relevance to Indian conditions. Indeed, there are no corresponding Indian equivalents in practice to many essential components of Euro- pean feudalism like vassalage, serfdom, fealty, etc.

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