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Maritime India: Trade, Religion and Polity in the Indian Ocean

Pius Malekandathil (Author)

This volume discusses the various socio-economic and political processes that evolved over centuries in the vast coastal fringes of India and out of the circuits of the Indian Ocean, ultimately giving the littoral zones the distinctive consciousness and identity of Maritime India.

This book dwells upon a wide range of issues, including the nature of maritime trade of the Sassanids with India; the impact of maritime trade on the political processes of Goa; the social processes linked with the settlements of foreign merchant groups in India; the nature of the Portuguese expansion in coastal India; and the nuances of political assertions over maritime centres of exchange and their hinterlands.

The work also discusses in some detail the repercussions of the Ottoman expansion into the Indian Ocean, the impact of Portuguese commercial expansion on the traditional Muslim merchants of Kerala, the changing methods of information-networking between coastal India and the Mediterranean, the burgeoning of Portuguese power units in Bengal, and the role of private traders in the structure and the functioning of Estado da India.

These painstakingly researched and immensely erudite essays that make up the volume are essential reading for scholars and students for an understanding of Indian history in general and its maritime history in particular.

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About the author

Pius Malekandathil

Pius Malekandathil is at present Reader in History at Goa University. He took M.A. from Kerala University, M.Phil. and Ph.D. in History from Pondicherry Central University. His publications include The Germans, the Portuguese and India, Munster (Germany): LIT Verlag, 1999, The Portuguese, Indian Ocean and European Bridgeheads: Festschrift in Honour of Prof. K.S. Mathew, jointly edited with T. Jamal Mohammed, Fundacao Oriente, 2001 and Portuguese and the Socio-cultural Changes in India: 1500-1800, jointly edited with K.S. Mathew and Teotonio R. de Souza, Fundacao Oriente, 2001. Dr. Pius contributes regularly to national and international journals and seminars. His forthcoming volume is The Portuguese and the Hinterland: The Journey of D. Alexis Meneses to the Land of St. Thomas Christians.

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Title Maritime India: Trade, Religion and Polity in the Indian Ocean
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Primus Books
Language: English
isbn 9789380607016
length xxvii+211p., 25cm.