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S. Jeyaseela Stephen

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ABOUT THE BOOK

This book explores the remarkable everyday life-worlds of the common people in Tamil country and examines the struggles of the agricultural workers, non-agricultural labour, fishermen and the slaves. It provides a realistic combination of individual human beings and groups hitherto considered too low for elite treatment in Tamil history. The author skillfully traces the social connections and networks, and how the subaltern groups lived in the age of expanding European commercial activities on the Tamil coast and hinterland by deciphering the connections from the medieval period to the birth of colonial modernity

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

S. Jeyaseela Stephen is Directeur, Institut pour études Indo-Européennes. He was Professor of Maritime History (2001-2013) at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan. He is the author numerous books on maritime history of early modern India including 'Oceanscapes: Tamil Textiles in the Early Modern World' (2014), 'A Meeting of the Minds: European and Tamil Encounters in Modern Sciences, 1507-1857' (2016), 'Pondicherry under the French: Illuminating the Urban Landscape' (2018). He received the best book prize of the year 1999 from the Government of Tamilnadu. His books have been translated into Chinese and Tamil.


CONTENTS

List of Tables ..................................................................................................... 7
Acknowledgements ............................................................................................ 9
Abbreviations .................................................................................................. 11
1. Introduction ......................................................................................... 13
2. From Agriculture, Untouchability and Social Distance to
Entry into the Military: Life of the Paraiyars and Pallars
in the Early Modern Age ...................................................................... 29
3. Life of the Goldsmiths, Blacksmiths, Stone Masons and
Carpenters between Town and Village in the Medieval
and Early Modern Age ......................................................................... 67
4. Life at the Seaside of Tamil Coast: Fishing Communities
in the Age of the European Commerce ............................................... 109
5. Sordid Trade in Human Flesh: Voyages of the Portuguese,
Dutch and the English from the Tamil Coast during the
Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries ................................................. 141
6. Slavery and Social Death: Slaves and Trading Voyages of
the Danes, Dutch and the French from the Tamil Coast
during the Eighteenth Century ........................................................... 169
7. Conclusion ......................................................................................... 197
Bibliography ...................................................................................... 203
Index .................................................................................................. 225


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