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Biedermann: The Portuguese in Sri Lanka and South India

Biedermann, Zoltán:
The Portuguese in Sri Lanka and South India : studies in the history of diplomacy, empire and trade, 1500 – 1650 / Zoltán Biedermann. - Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz, 2014. - x, 205 S. : Ill., Kt. - (Maritime Asia ; 25)
ISBN 978-3-447-10062-5
EUR 56,00
DDC: 954.9301; 954.8025

Zoltán Biedermann’s book explores the Portuguese presence in Sri Lanka and South India with an emphasis on connections, interactions and adaptations. An introduction, six freshly revised case studies and an afterword provide historical insights into the making of Portuguese power in the region and point out new ways forward in the study of the subject. Themes explored include Portuguese diplomacy in Asia, the connected histories of Portugal, Sri Lanka and the Habsburg Empire, the importance of cartography for the development of Iberian ideas of conquest, the political mechanisms that allowed for the incorporation of Sri Lanka into the Catholic Monarchy of Philip II, and the remarkable resilience of elephant hunting and trading activities in Ceylon during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A long chapter delves into the comparative urban histories of Portuguese and Dutch colonial ports in South Asia and reveals intriguing connections between colonialism, local identities and cosmopolitan attitudes. Taken together, the essays in this book question simplistic contrasts between Europe and Asia as well as between the Portuguese and the Dutch empires. The Portuguese in Sri Lanka and South Asia highlights the complex connections between the global and the local in early modern European-Asian interactions. [Verlagsinformation]

List of illustrations. viii
Acknowledgments. ix
1. Introduction: Studying the Portuguese in South Asia and Beyond. 1
2. Negotiating Empire: Portuguese Diplomacy in Asia in the Sixteenth Century. 7
3. From Diplomacy to Conquest: The "Matrioshka Principle" and How it was Overcome in Sri Lanka. 33
4. Imagining Space before Conquest: Two Contrasting Maps of Sri Lanka, 1568-1606. 73
5. Imperial Incorporation: The "Malwana Convention" and the Lankan Transition to Colonial Rule. 87
6. Colonialism and Cosmopolitanism: Colombo, Cannanore, and the Chimera of the Multi-Ethnic Melting-Po(r)t in South Asia. 103
7. Change and Resilience under Colonial Rule: The Hunting and Trading of Elephants in Sri Lanka, 1500-1800. 149
8. Afterword. 173
Bibliography. 175
Index. 199

ZOLTÁN BIEDERMANN, Senior Lecturer in Luso Brazilian Studies, UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society, University College London. Profile page. profile.

Quellen: Harrassowitz; Deutsche Nationalbibliothek;; WorldCat; Bookbutler
Bildquelle: Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden
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