The Coromandel Coast and its Hinterland: Economy, Society and Political System (AD. 1500-1600)

Author:

S. Jeyaseela Stephen

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2021
ISBN-13

9788173040764

ISBN-10 8173040761
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 269 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 22x14x2
Weight (grms) 402

This book examines the fascinating interaction between the Vijayanagara rulers and the Portuguese on the Coromandel coast and its hinterland during the sixteenth century.


Vivid descriptions of the territorial, geographical and administrative units, political structures, the agrarian economy, agricultural products, the pre-industrial manufacturing sector, markets, inland trade, overseas com­merce, prices, wages and salaries are given. The study further explores the impact of the Portuguese trade on the economic growth and social change among the various communities by assessing the relative strength and weakness of the system that prevailed in the Coromandel region. The investigation shows that these developments and changes constituted a fundamental turning point in the socio-economic structure of the Coromandel region. The key aspects of the internal developments which took place in the Coromandel region are skillfully linked with the opening of the Portuguese colonial power in the East.


The study provides fresh insights into the economic, social and political systems drawing on a wealth of epigraphical-textual material and pre­viously unexplored Portuguese documents both in India and in Europe.

S. Jeyaseela Stephen

S. Jeyaseela Stephen is Directeur, Institut pour études Indo-Européennes and was Professor of Maritime History at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan from 2001 to 2013. His publications include Oceanscapes: Tamil Textiles in the Early Modern World (2014), A Meeting of the Minds: European and Tamil Encounters in Modern Sciences, 1507-1857 (2016), From Anrique Anriquez to Louis Savinien Dupuis: The Tamil Grammar and Dictionary Quest (2017), and Missioner Tamil Written and Printed in Pondicherry: Literature and Louis Savinien Dupuis, 1841-73 (2017).
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