The French Seaboard Empire and Louisburg 1713-1758, Tellicherry 2002

The French Seaboard Empire and Louisburg 1713-1758,  Tellicherry 2002

Author: Joy Varkey
ISBN: 81-88432-02-4
Price: Rs 650.00 | US$ 22.00

The history of Louisbourg has been studied before, but this is a study to examine French colonial rule at Louisbourg in the perspectives of local political initiatives. Proposing a new interpretative framework of imperialism from below the author argues that the local government played an important role in the enunciation and implementation of policies and decisions in the North Atlantic seaboard colonies of France. Discussions of the management of the fishery, commerce, military affairs, French relations with the Amerindians, the influence of the missionaries in native societies, the Amerindians‘ part in resisting British colonial expansion, the distinct political stand of the Acadians in favour of French imperial motives, the nature of Anglo-French relations and contest for empire substantiate his views.

Women in Portuguese Goa 1500-1835, Tellicherry 2002

Women in Portuguese Goa 1500-1835, Tellicherry 2002

Author: Sr. Emma Maria A. C
ISBN: 81-88432-01-6
Price: Rs 375.00 | US$ 12.00

Women in Goa had their own age-old way of life embedded chiefly in the principles of Hinduism, and from the fourteenth century considerably influenced by the Islamic faith, When the Portuguese, hailing from the Iberian Peninsula, came face to face with the Indian society at the turn of the sixteenth century and established their settlements on firm grounds since 15.10 especially in Goa, they viewed Goan women as their newly-found consorts, substitutes for their spouses left in Portugal or even as those who could gratify their sexual needs temporarily without any commitment. Besides, the Portuguese mariners and soldiers who withstood the odds of the long voyages on the Portuguese caravels found in the exotic women of the East a great source for giving vent to their pent up energy despite their familiarity with the Christian morals and code of conduct. On the other hand, the Portuguese educated in Christian environs held women in great respect on account of the womanhood sanctified by the incarnation of Christ.

These differential aspects of the encounter between the Portuguese and the Goan women and especially the aspirations of some of those who wanted to live a committed life for the service of God and fellow-beings or those who were put in ignominious conditions prompted the Church under the Portuguese Padroado to set up institutions and invest money to look after their well-being. The present work is a pioneering attempt to study the condition of women in Portuguese Goa from 1510 to 1835 based on contemporary documents preserved in various repositories. A section of the book is set apart for highlighting the historical background till the arrival of the Portuguese and then to study the milieu from where the Portuguese came to India. The remaining sections deal in detail with the establishment of the institutions tinder the Portuguese and their activities. The epilogue points to the direction in which the activities initiated in yesteryears are in progress. This could be considered a welcome study of women in Portuguese Goa.

Cuddalore on the Coromandel Coast under the English, Tellicherry 2002

Cuddalore on the Coromandel Coast under the English, Tellicherry 2002

Author: K. Kannah
ISBN: 81-88432-00-8
Price: Rs 600.00 | US$ 20.00

This book deals with the British settlement at Fort St. David from 1690 A.D. and its subsequent development into a centre of great commercial importance. The emergence of Devanampattinam (Fort St. David) and Cuddalore port town into a military and administrative centre in the eighteenth century, rise of New Town of Cuddalore in the mid-nineteenth century and growth of Cuddalore and Fort St. David as urban entities due to trade in textiles, governmental and municipal administrations are elaborately discussed in this work.

Commercial rivalries among the Europeans, especially between the English in Cuddalore and the French in Pondieheny, ultimate victory of the English over the French, maritime trade, spread of western education and its impact on the inhabitants of Cuddalore in effecting attitudinal change and modernization leading to the urbanization of Cuddalore form the central theme of this study.

Town planners, Administrators, Municipal Authorities, Engineers and Research Scholars working on urbanization may find it a useful book of reference.

Trade and Commerce in Pondicherry during the Eighteenth Century Tellicherry 2001

Trade and Commerce in Pondicherry during the Eighteenth Century Tellicherry 2001

Author: S. Manickam
ISBN: 81-900166-8-7
Price: Rs 300.00 | US$ 10.00

The environs of present Pondicherry had turned out to be one of the major centres of international trade on the Coromondel Coast right in the early centuries of Christian era. After a long interval, Pondicherry and its neighbouring areas received momentum in the maritime trading activities with the arrival of the French by the later half of the seventeenth century. Some scholars wrote the political history of the region in connection with the struggle between the English and ‘the French in capturing power in the Indian soil and maritime activities of the English East India Company with India in general and with Bengal in particular. But very few attempts have been made so far to study the maritime trade of Pondicherry using indigenous as well as foreign sources.

The role played by the Indian merchants in the European trade with India had not received the due attention of the historians. The place held by the some of the important Indian merchants like Ananda Ranga Pillai, Sunguvar Seshachala Chetty, Imam Sahib, Sungu Rama Chetty and a lot of their contemporaries in the French trade centred at Pondicherry is discussed in this book. Against the layman’s belief that the Europeans pumped a lot of money into India for trade during the pre-industrial period, the author brings out a number of instances where the French generated large amount of money from the locality for their trade. Setting up of chavadis and sumaithangis by the side of thoroughfares for facilitating movement of commodities from one place to another is brought to light in this work. The study lays emphasis on the role played by the merchants and the French administration in attracting the merchants to Pondicherry by providing facilities for trade and ancillaries of trade. The author explains the activities of Sowcars directed towards the exploitation of the poor farmers and textile producers through advancing money. Similarly the system of hundi in the exchange sector is also highlighted. The role played by the Nainars in the collection of various taxes from the residents of French territory is another highlight of the work.

Freedom Movement in French India: Mahe Revolt of 1948, Tellicherry 2001

Freedom Movement in French India: Mahe Revolt of 1948, Tellicherry 2001

Author: J.B.P.More
ISBN: 81-900166-9-5
Price: Rs 300.00 | US$ 10.00

The Study of the freedom movement in the Indian subcontinent has always for focus, British India. Scholars had hardly paid any attention to the study of the growth of the freedom movement in French India, which comprised five territories, Pondicherry, Mahe, Karaikal, Yanam and Chandernagore. The present study aims at filling up this gap, by focusing the attention on the development of nationalism and freedom movement in Mahe or French Malabar, lying on the western coast of India, taking into consideration its historical background.

Special attention has been given to the details regarding the various events leading to the emergence of nationalism and freedom struggle in Mahe and the actors involved in them. The Mahe Revolt of 1948 against the French regime under the French governor Baron, has been highlighted as the greatest manifestation of nationalism in Mahe.

The approaches of Cambridge scholars and the Marxist historians to the development of nationalism in India stands disproved to a great extent by this study. The role of nationalist leaders of Mahe like I.K. Kumaran and P.K. Usman stands testimony to the fact that ideals and principles rather than power and profit can be great motivating factors in the struggle for freedom and the manifestation of nationalism.

Indian Ocean and European Bridgeheads: Festschrift in Honour of Prof. Dr. K. S. Mathew, Tellicherry 2001

Indian Ocean and European Bridgeheads: Festschrift in Honour of Prof. Dr. K. S. Mathew, Tellicherry 2001

Author: Pious Malekandathil & T. Jamal Mohammed eds. Portugal
ISBN: 81-900166-5-2
Price: Rs 700.00 | US$ 35.00

The volume is a tribute to the great service rendered to historiography by one of the most outstanding historians of our times. Prof. Dr. K.S. Mathew, who is celebrating his sixty-second birthday this year. His colleagues, friends, students and admirers all over the world have made use of this opportunity to express their solidarity with him by contributing scholarly articles, which make this volume a rich collection of research papers on lndo-European history, for which Prof. Mathew has spent his whole life-time and continues to do so. “The Portuguese”, “Indian Ocean” and “European expansion” form the three major thematic areas on which he concentrated his academic researches for more than three decades and hence the Facilitation volume has taken this wider thematic frame. Most of the articles are by renowned historians who are part of the new historiographical school which tries to explode the various myths regarding the European expansion in the East and attempts to reconstruct the European activities in India in an objective and scientific way, where lndo-centric dimensions are given the focus.

Portuguese and Socio-Cultural Changes in India(1500-1800),Tellicherry 2001

Portuguese and Socio-Cultural Changes in India(1500-1800),Tellicherry 2001

Author: K. S. Mathew, Teotonio r. De Souza & Pious Malekandathil eds.,
ISBN: 81-900166-6-0
Price: Rs 900.00 | US$ 45.00 | Euro 29.95
The Portuguese were the first European power that came in contact with the Indian society especially the coastal society at the turn of the sixteenth century. They had interacted with the Indians at various levels like the cultivators, merchants, nobles and kings. This has been continuing effectively till I961 when the Portuguese possessions in India were integrated into the Indian Republic. The imprints of the Portuguese presence in India for over 500 years are visible in various aspects of the Indian life. Taking into account the long duration of the Portuguese contact with India, a number of scholars from various parts of the world presented the findings of their research at an international seminar organised jointly by the Pondicherry University and the St. Thomas College, Palai, Kerala in 1999. The papers deal with a variety of subjects like local resistance put up by Kunhali Marakkar, the different facets of the history of the St.Thomas Christians of Malabar, European perception aboutm the St. Thomas Christians, Indo-Portuguese art and architecture, Portuguese orientalism, Portuguese impact on Hindi, Malayalam, and Oriya languages, the Muslims on the Malabar coast, the social welfare and educational activities of the Portuguese, religious policy of the Portuguese in Goa, Portuguese state and medicine, the personality of Dom Alexis de Menezes, societal changes in Tamil country and the impact of the provincial councils of Goa on the Malabar society, Indian society as reflected in German reports and details of some of the eminent Jesuits on the Pearl Fishery coast. These papers are collected and published in the order they were presented at the Seminar. No paper has been left out since attempts were made to incorporate contributions of all the participants.