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Maritime Malabar and the Europeans, 1500-1962

K.S. Mathew (Editor)

The collection of articles contained in this book shed light on various aspects of European contacts with Maritime Malabar which was in fact the entry point of almost all the Europeans to the subcontinent of India since the opening of the direct sea route connecting Indian Ocean region with the Atlantic. The techniques of navigation in vogue on the Malabar coast and the heights reached by Indian scientists with emphasis on the Malabar coast are discussed in this work. Another field which has been thoroughly researched and brought out in this work is the art of navigation developed by the Portuguese and the techniques of shipbuilding in Portugal, the pioneering nation to come to India via Cape of Good Hope. With these studies forming the background of the discussion on the interaction between the various parts of Europe and the Maritime Malabar. The authors of the research papers discuss the activities of the Portuguese, the Dutch, the English, the French, the Danes and the Germans on the Malabar coast. European impressions about India with emphasis on elephants, maritime trade, cultural exchange, transfer of technology, Indo-Portuguese architecture, contribution of the Germans to educational development on the Malabar coast, state formation and resistance against the foreign domination constitute some of the important aspects covered in this book.

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About the author

K.S. Mathew

Dr. K. S. Mathew (born 1939) is currently Professor of History in the Central University of Hyderabad. Earlier he was a Reader in the Department of History, M.S. University of Baroda. After obtaining his Master’s Degree in History, from the Poona University, he did his M. Phil and Ph.D. in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. As a Fellow of the International Services of the gulbenkian Fcoundation, Protugal he conducted researches in various archives in Europe for three years. He has contributed research papers to various journals and participated in several national and international seminars and conferences. He has to his credit two books in Malayalam and three in English. He specialized in the history of Indo-Portuguese trade of the sixteenth century.

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Title Maritime Malabar and the Europeans, 1500-1962
Author K.S. Mathew
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178710293
length xlviii+488p., Illustrations; Maps; Figures; Notes & References; 23cm.
Subjects History