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Portuguese Trade and Socio-Economic Changes on the Western Coast of India
Afzal Ahmad
Bibliography : xvi, 266pp., 10 Coloured Plates, Demy 8vo.
HB ISBN (10) : 8175361972
HB ISBN (13) : 9788175361973

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About the Book:

This book was partially a response to the plea "why doesn?t someone (an Indian?) learn Portuguese and work in the Goa Archives?", and partially a curious research attitude. The record of Indo-Portuguese trade gives us both hindsight and foresight of history, for it was the Portuguese explorers and businessmen who inaugurated western colonialism in India. The present study is a detailed and scholarly work based on original documents available in Portugal, Spain, England and in India.

This book examines, in detail, the Portuguese relations with the Indian states along with their exports and imports of European and Asian merchandises, with Goa on the western coast of India as its commercial headquarters for the whole Portuguese empire in the east, and, finally to Portugal.

It covers history, politics and commerce as well as the international rivalries between Portuguese, Dutch and English to share a century long trading activities in Asia. This work brings out an interesting transformation of the traders and the commercial agents, into empire builders. The role of Cartazes and how Portugal not only pioneered the overseas expansion of Europe, but she managed to retain so much of her watertight monopolistic attitudes and empire when other stronger powers appeared on the Oriental arena. All these have been put into it?s proper perspective.

The book includes a number of tables and charts on the Portuguese trade in pepper, cinnamon, textiles, saltpetre, diamonds, gold, silver, and various other. Research scholars are sure to find this book a valuable reference manual. For the general readers, the narration is both interesting and instructive and provides a better understanding of our recent history.

About the Author:

Dr. Afzal Ahmad was awarded Ph.D. from M.S. University, Baroda, for his study on Portuguese Trade on the Western Coast of India in the Seventeenth Century (1600-1663), in 1985. While learning Portuguese language during 1976-79 for this work, he worked on several research projects of social sciences under the guidance of Prof. Imtiaz Ahmad, (Late) Prof. Moonis Raza and Dr. Usha Agrawal (Luther) all in J.N. University, New Delhi. He was also a research associate at Sri Ram Centre for Humanities and Research, in 1977.

He had been awarded several research fellowships from UGC, Indian Counsel of Historical Research, in India, between 1979-81 and 1982-94 respectively. He was also awarded a fellowship for the completion of his Ph. D. thesis from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon between 1981-82 and later, for the Pós-Doctoral work he received fellowships from C. Gulbenkian Foundation, Instituto de Lingua e Cultura Pongrtuguesa (ICALP) and Fundação Oriente, Lisbon, during 1985-1991.

Among his earlier publications, besides numerous articles in different research magazines, both Indian and Foreign, Emergence of Cochin in the Pre Industrial Era: Study of Portuguese Cochin, Pondicherry, 1990,; Indo-Portuguese Trade in the Seventeenth Century, 1600-1663, New Delhi, 1991, and Os Portugueses na Ásia, Lisbon, Portugal, can be named as useful for the researchers. At present he is a Professor of History at Universidade Independente and Universidade Lusófona, both in Lisbon. He also gives honorary courses of Hindi Language and Indian Culture, since 1997. At present he is working on World Coins and Monetary System from Ancient times till Modern Period.

Portuguese Trade and Socio-Economic Changes on the Western Coast of India, by Afzal Ahmad


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