Fort Cochin in Kerala, 1750-1830: The Social Condition of a Dutch Community in an Indian Milieu

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BRILL, 2010 - Social Science - 317 pages
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This study of the early modern fortress town of Cochin in India, based on the rarely used VOC archival deposits in the Tamilnadu State Archives in Chennai (Madras), provides an intimate portrait of a Dutch urban community of East India Company servants and their dependents living within the larger social environment of the Malabar coast. It shows how between 1750 and 1830 the population of this Dutch settlement had adapted itself to the fundamental political and economic changes that occurred as a result of local state formation processes, the demise of the Dutch East India Company, and the change of regime that occurred when English administration was imposed on Fort Cochin in 1795.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Getting to Know Places and Peoples
13
The Metamorphosis of the Malabar Command
45
The Social World of Fort Cochin
91
Days of Reckoning 17841795
147
List of Figures
148
View of Cochin with the Union Jack by William Alexander
171
Life after the VOC
175
Gravestones of VOC personnel and family members
190
Adapting to British Cochin 17981830
201
Conclusion
225
List of Illustrations
257
Appendices
261
Fort Cochin that could be traced in Malabar
288
Index
309
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About the author (2010)

Anjana Singh (1976) obtained her MA (1999) and M. Phil (2001) in history from the University of Mumbai. She obtained a doctorate in History from the University of Leiden in 2007. Her main interests are the social and economic history of early modern port cities and the history of Asian European cultural interaction. Using English and Dutch sources she researches early-modern South Asia.

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