The Portuguese Empire in Asia, 1500-1700: A Political and Economic History

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Portugal, a tiny nation with around a million inhabitants, created a world empire between the 15th and 17th centuries which left vestiges in Africa and Asia as late as the 1970s. To illuminate the Asian dimension of this empire - to show how it came into being and how it changed over time - Dr Subrahmanyam explores the interaction of international and local factors in Europe, Asia and Africa alike. This is a contribution to the early modern history of Asia; as well as to the study of European expansion. The author takes into account a vast literature of recent research by European and Asian historians, in English, Portuguese and French and sets the Portuguese in their wider Iberian, European and global contexts. It should be accessible to a wide readership, assumes little or no previous knowledge of the subject. It is aimed at undergraduate students, historians and the informed general reader and is suitable for courses covering the history of Asia, Hispanic studies, the political and economic roots of imperialism, and the rise of the modern west.

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Upon its initial publication in 1993, The Portuguese Empire in Asia, 1500–1700: A Political and Economic History was widely praised for its pioneering insights into the foundations of the Portuguese empire within the context of the history of early modern Asia. Sanjay Subrahmanyam's award-winning study is now updated to reflect the most recent developments in historiography, while maintaining its focus on consideration of the forces in Europe, Asia, and East Africa that enabled the creation of the Portuguese empire. Other revisions include a new preface by the author that examines the reception of the original edition and considers ongoing scholarly debates on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Portuguese imperialism. The Portuguese Empire in Asia, 1500–1700 represents an important contribution to our understanding of the global forces that helped to shape the most resilient of modern Europe’s colonial empires.

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Sanjay Subrahmanyam is Professor and Chair of Indian History at UCLA, and has earlier taught in Delhi, Paris, and Oxford. His publications include The Career and Legend of Vasco da Gama (1997) and Three Ways to be Alien (2011).

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