Renascent Empire?

The House of Braganza and the Quest for Stability in Portuguese Monsoon Asia, ca. 1640-1683

Glenn J. Ames

Renascent Empire?
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Glenn J. Ames

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264 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 | © 2000
Cloth $55.50 ISBN: 9789053563823 Published June 2000 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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.

I.  Priorities in the Reino, c. 1640-1683
II.  Politics and Policies: Viceroys and Governors, c. 1661-1681
III.  Christians:  Saints and Sinners, c. 1640-1683
IV.  Spices: The Carreira da India, c. 1640-1683
V.  Administration:  European Hierarchies and the Resiliency of Indigenous Structures, 1640-1683
VI.  Foreign Policy:  Diplomatic Relations with the Reis Vizinhos and European Rivals, 1640-1683
VII.  An African Eldorado:  The Quest for Wealth in Mozambique and the Rios de Cuama, c 1640-1683
Portuguese Asia, c. 1683
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