05. Emergence of Local Lineages as Rulers in Eastern India in the Post-Gupta Period

Emergence of Local Lineages as Rulers in Eastern India in the Post-Gupta Period  (c. 5th century A.D. – c.7th century A.D.)

 

Kakoli Tah Dutta

 

The period under discussion is a very crucial one in the History of India from every point of view. The period acted as a transition phase, as an important demarcating line in Indian History. The imperial Gupta Empire was a synthesis of centralized bureaucracy and local authority and it rested on the rise of a prosperous bourgeois class following the unprecedented growth of trade, industry and commerce. But it could hardly introduce any substantial improvement in the technique of production. The result was obvious. The mighty Empire’s economic resources could not keep pace with its financial requirements, eventually, its burden on the peasantry became heavy and it drifted towards an administrative decentralization based upon landed interests.

 

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