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Subaltern Lives: Tamil History And Society From Medieval To Early Modern Age

S. Jeyaseela Stephen (Author)

This book explores the remarkable everyday life-worlds of the common people in Tamil country and examines the struggles of the agricultural workers, non-agricultural labour, fishermen and the slaves. It provides a realistic combination of individual human beings and groups hitherto considered too low for elite treatment in Tamil history. The author skillfully traces the social connections and networks, and how the subaltern groups lived in the age of expanding European commercial activities on the Tamil coast and hinterland by deciphering the connections from the medieval period to the birth of colonial modernity.

Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. From Agriculture, Untouchability and Social Distance to Entry into the Military: Life of the Paraiyars and Pallars in the Early Modern Age. 3. Life of the Goldsmiths, lacksmiths, Stone Masons and Carpenters between Town and Village in the Medieval and Early Modern Age. 5. Sordid Trade in Human Flesh: Voyages of the Portuguese, Dutch and the English from the Tamil Coast during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. 6. Slavery and Social Death: Slaves and Trading Voyages of the Danes, Dutch and the French from the Tamil Coast during the Eighteenth Century .7. . Conclusion. .Bibliography. Index.

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About the author

S. Jeyaseela Stephen

S. Jeyseela Stephen is professor of maritime History and Coordinator of the special Assistance programme of the UGC at Visva-Bharti. He joined the academy of historians in 1994 at Ecole francaise extreme-orient and went to pune to became Senior Advisor to Tata Central Archives in 2000. He became Head of the Department of History in 2001 at Visva-Bharti University, Santiniketan. He was the editor of revue Historique: Societe de 1st Histoire de Pondichery (1995-97). He had taught at the University of Nebraska, USA in 2004. He is a Member of the Executive Committee in the Indian Historical records Commission nominated by the Government of India. (220-07). Among his many publications are: The Coromandel Coast and its Hinterland: Economy, Society and political System, 1500-1600 (1997), Portuguese in the Rtamil Coast: Historical Explorations in Commerce and Culture, 1507-1749 (1998), Rangappa Thiruvengadam Pillai Naatkurippu, Vol. I (1760-1768) Vol. II, 1762-66, (2000), The Diary of Rangappa Thiruvengadam Pillai, 1760-68: Trnslated from Original Tamil with Notes (2001), Portuguese-Tamil Grammar: Modernisation and Democratisation of Tamil (2001) and Letters of the Portuguese Jesuits from Tamil countryside, 1666-68, (2001). He has also co-edited (with K.S. Mathew) Indo-French Relations, (1999). ) and edited Trade and Globalisation: Europeans, Americans and Indians in the Bay of Bengal, 1511-1819 (2003). He won the best book prize for his book Muthu Vijaya Thiruvengadam Pillai Naatkurippu, 1794-1796, in 1999 (in Tamil which deals with Diary Writing in Tamil during the Eighteenth Century).

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Title Subaltern Lives: Tamil History And Society From Medieval To Early Modern Age
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.01.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789353240257
length 232p.
Subjects History