THE FORGOTTEN BATTLES OF CALICUT, 1503 and 1790:STRATEGY, TACTICS AND GEOPOLITICS

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Oliver Noone

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This book examines the geopolitical significance of two battles that took place in Calicut on the south western coast of India. The first was a sea battle fought between the Portuguese led by Vasco a Gama and an Indo Arab naval force under the King Zamorin of Calicut in 1503. The result was are volutionary change that took place in the direction, organization, and ultimately in the control of the ancient trans – oceanic trade between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. The second was a land battle that came about in 1790 between the army of the East India Company and the occupying forces of Tipu of Mysore. These battles were separated by a time span of about three hundred years and are classic examples of the transnational background of colonial expansion and the evolution of the emerging world system. The critical point here was the collaboration of the English with the Marathas and the Nizam. This helped the British to defeat Tipu Sultan resulting in the expansion of British colonial  power in India. While acknowledging that the success of the Europeans was achieved by their superior firepower, the book explores their understated and underemphasized but highly significant contributions in the avenues of science, technology and political intrigues.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Oliver Noone graduated in Medicine from Calicut Medical College, Kerala, India and moved over to the United Kingdom for higher studies where he served in the National Health Service for more than thirty years. During these years Dr Noone developed an interest in the colonial history of India and spent a good deal of time at the British Library at London and other museums and libraries in UK. This book is the result of his research. A founding member of Calicut Heritage Forum Dr Noone spends his spare time in travel and historical research.


CONTENTS

Foreword ------------------------------5
Acknowledgements ------------------------------7
Introduction ------------------------------9
List of Illustrations and Maps ------------------------------15
1. An Overview of the Period ------------------------------17
Warfare at sea • Dominance of the sea lanes • Chartered Company • Emergence of organised resistance • Action: first stage • Action: second stage • Action: third stage.
2. The Naval Battle of Calicut 1503 ------------------------------47
A brief historical background • Factors that helped Europe to emerge as the pioneer in oceanic voyages • European expansion to the Atlantic • Factors that facilitated the emergence of Portugal as a pioneer sea-faring nation • Portuguese voyages in India.
3. The Battle of Tarvananghurry ------------------------------71
State of affairs in India after the Battle of Plassey 1757: A historical overview • Politics in the Deccan and the Carnatic • Military operations in the Mysore War. Battle of Tarvananghurry-Course of the Battle • War against Tipu, 1790-1792 (Third Mysore War) and its significance.
4. How the English Managed to Subdue and Dominate the Nizam and the Marathas -----91
A brief history of the origin of the Arcot Nawabs
• European involvements in local politics: First Carnatic War,1746-1748 • Second Carnatic War, 1748-1754 and the Peaceful interlude in Europe • Third Carnatic War: the Indian counterpart in the Seven Years War 1756-1763 • Events in Deccan and Carnatic: the beginning of the end of French dominance • Final submission: The cession of the Northern Circar.
5. The Marathas ------------------------------151
The Origin of the Maratha Empire - Mughal-Maratha interaction • Growth and spread of Maratha powder • Marathas in Delhi • Third battle of Panipat and its impact • Death of Madhav Rao, ascension of Nana Fadnavis, and the expansion of the English • Anglo- Maratha cooperation and conflicts • Warren Hastings and the Marathas • Battle and the Convention of Wadgaon and the aftermath • Battle of Pollilur • Its impact on the policy of Hastings and the Treaty of Salbai • Preparations for the final blow, the arrival of Lord Cornwallis, and the Tripartite alliance.
6. The European Success: An English Lesson ------------------------------227
The Rise of the East India Company • Mapmaking and Imperialism • Empire and intelligence gathering • Military fiscal state • Science and empire • Where did the manpower come from? Ireland, Scotland, Enclosure movement.
Conclusion ------------------------------261
References ------------------------------267
Index ------------------------------281

 


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