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The Portuguese in Sri Lanka and South India. Studies in the History of Diplomacy, Empire and Trade

Biedermann, Z; (2014) The Portuguese in Sri Lanka and South India. Studies in the History of Diplomacy, Empire and Trade. [Book]. Maritime Asia: Vol.25. (1st ed.). Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden, Germany. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Book
Title: The Portuguese in Sri Lanka and South India. Studies in the History of Diplomacy, Empire and Trade
ISBN-13: 978-3-447-10062-5
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.harrassowitz-verlag.de/title_1478.ahtml...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10048954
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