Circulation and the Historical Geography of Tamil Country

@article{Stein1977CirculationAT,
  title={Circulation and the Historical Geography of Tamil Country},
  author={Burton Stein},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  year={1977},
  volume={37},
  pages={7 - 26}
}
  • Burton Stein
  • Published 1 November 1977
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
Tamil country, in the southeastern portion of peninsular India, has been an identifiable cultural region for almost two millennia. Tamil literary productions dating from the early centuries of the Christian era to the present time speak of Tamilakam (the land, or the abode, of Tamils)—setting out its boundaries by reference to mountains, rivers, and the sea, but making few distinctions within this macroregion and not specifying what lay beyond it. This paper is an attempt at more precise… 
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