Renascent Empire?: The House of Braganza and the Quest for Stability in Portuguese Monsoon Asia C.1640-1683

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Amsterdam University Press, 2000 - History - 262 pages
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Based on extensive archival research in Portugal, India, England, and France, this work provides the first monographic study of a crucial, yet hitherto ignored period in the history of Portugal's Asian empire: the years ca. 1640-1683. Ames' revisionist work demonstrates that, contrary to the tradition-al view of the inevitable decline and stagnation of the Estado da India after ca. 1640, these were years of innovative and dynamic reform which brought about the geo-political and economic stabilization of Portuguese Asia by 1683. The book details this fundamental shift in Crown policy toward Asia as initiated by Prince Regent Pedro of Braganza (1668-1702) and carried out most effectively by Viceroy Luis de MedonHa Furtado e Albuquerque.



  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Priorities in the Reino c 16401683
23
IV
93
European Hierarchies and
115
VI
138
VII
183
Conclusion
205
Notes
227
Index
259
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Glenn J. Ames is professor of history at The University of Toledo, and the author of Colbert, Mercantilism, and the French Quest for Asian Trade (1996).

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