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Indo-Portuguese Encounters: Journeys in Science, Technology and Culture (In 2 Volumes)

Lotika Varadarajan (Editor)

The genesis of the present publication can be traced to a remarkable series of International Seminars initiated in Goa in 1978. Since, then, the series has continued at regular intervals of between two to three years. In 1998 the host institution for the Ninth International Seminar on Indo-Portuguese History was the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, through its History of Science Programme. This publication comprises the papers presented at this forum which had concentrated on the transformations in science, technology and material culture generated in India through processes of interaction, exchange and assimilation consequent to the meeting of cultures inaugurated by the opening of the Cape route by Vasco da Gama in 1498. the subjects of the publication fall within the domains of Missionary Activity through which fresh intellectual perspectives were opened, as well as Luso-Indian Contacts in areas such as Architecture, Medicine, Botany, Physical Geography, Cartography, Fortification, Marine Archaeology, Astronomy, Navigation and Instrumentation, Eastern Pilotage, Calendrical Systems, Ship Building, Linguistic Developments and Gastronomy. The theme of Piracy has been visited afresh. The Pacific theatre has been explored while the journey of plants has been traced multilaterally from the Latin American, African as well as the Asian angles. The Portuguese maps of singular beauty add yet another novel aspect to the publication. At reference material it is bound to constitute a valuable component in the work of researchers from disciplines such as history, architecture, geography, underwater archaeology, naval architecture, history of science, astronomy, history of science, astronomy, medicine and agriculture.

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About the author

Lotika Varadarajan

Lotika Varadarajan spent her early years in the Northeast, India and pursued her higher studies at the Universities fo Delhi and Bombay, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and University of Cambridge, UK. Her recent publications include Sewn Boats of Lakshadweep, The Rahmani of Kunhikunhi Malmi of Kavaratti: A Sailing Manual of Lakshadweep and Tradition and Transmission: Current Trends in French Ethnology, the last being jointly edited with the French anthropologist, Denis Chevallier. She is member of the International Committee of the ongoing series of International Seminars on Indo-Portuguese History. She is also aAssociate Member, Academia de Marinha, Section of Maritime History, Lisbon.

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Title Indo-Portuguese Encounters: Journeys in Science, Technology and Culture (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173053030
length 866p., Figures; Maps; Plates; 25cm.
Subjects History