Essays concerning the Socioeconomic History of Brazil and Portuguese India

Essays concerning the Socioeconomic History of Brazil and Portuguese India

Essays concerning the Socioeconomic History of Brazil and Portuguese India

Essays concerning the Socioeconomic History of Brazil and Portuguese India

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This volume makes available eight previously unpublished essays concerning the socioeconomic history of two widely separated parts of the former Portuguese empire -- India, long the goal of countless intrepid Portuguese explorers and during the early empire its principal source of wealth, and Brazil, which replaced India as the most valuable component of the empire and which later became the leading nation in Latin America. Seven of the authors of these essays are Brazilianists; the eighth is a specialist on Portuguese India. Each essay is based upon fresh research in primary sources. Some authors have depended heavily upon rarely used printed materials; others have relied upon extensive archival investigations. The essays are arranged in approximate chronological order.

We begin with a fascinating portrait of the activities of sub-élites in the Portuguese enclaves along the subcontinent of India during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, a time when the eastern center of empire still seemed to have greater promise than did Brazil. Influenced by George Rudé's well-known studies of the crowd in history, New Zealand-born M. N. Pearson (lecturer, University of South Wales) explores the ethnic and social structure of those enclaves and examines the causes and manifestations of political and other sources of tension in that turbulent society. In the course of doing so, he offers a remarkably sympathetic defense of . . .

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