ISBN 9788190028189,Reminiscences: The French in India

Reminiscences: The French in India



Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt Ltd

Publication Year 1977

ISBN 9788190028189

ISBN-10 8190028189

Hard Back

Number of Pages 144 Pages
Language (English)

The Arts

The influence of French culture in India has been studied for many years. It has long been acknowledged that the French presence in India has had a major impact on the culture of the regions where they settled as well as elsewhere in the country, in less known and more subtle aspects. This book provides select examples where cross-cultural influences have endured. The trajectory of India's history was frequently determined by centres of trade that affected the political scenario of the time and resulted in military initiatives necessary to consolidate power bases. French military influence, however, was not restricted merely to securing French trading posts. It extended from bringing European military techniques to the construction of fortifications in Indian independent states thus changing the vocabulary of warfare in India. More importantly, the French settlements in the country still retain the architectural essence of the 17th century and the cross-cultural influences of the time are still clearly evident. In the 50th year of India's Independence, we celebrate the adaptation and assimilation of global cultures over the centuries. Contents Foreword H.E. the Ambassador of France in India, Claude blanchemaison List of Illustrations Preface/Amita Baig I. Politics and Architecture in the French Settlements/Jean-Marie Lafont II. French Military Influence in India/Gubir Mansingh III. Essays on Indo-French Architecture and Urbanism i. French Settlements in India/Kulbhushan Jain ii. City Planning and Architecture in Pondicherry/Piere Pichard iii. Colonial Urbanism : A Cross-cultural Perspective on Pondicherry/K.T. Ravindran Contributors