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Beyond Tranquebar: Grappling Across Cultural Borders in South India

Price : $39.75
ISBN # : 9788125054375
Author : Esther Fihl (Ed.) and A. R. Venkatachalapathy (Ed.)
pages: 644
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Orient Blackswan
Published : 2014

A rare Indian colony of the Danish empire. A place that fostered the modern printing press and Protestant Christianity in the subcontinent. A tourist haunt that was ravaged by the tsunami in 2004. This is Tranquebar, known as Tharangampadi, a charming coastal town in present-day Tamil Nadu. Beyond Tranquebar is a collection of twenty-four essays by scholars who bring to relief the many dimensions of this town. The book takes us to seventeenth-century Denmark, as the kingdom strives to find a place in the thriving colonial enterprise. It moves east to Maratha-ruled Tanjore where gifts can shift the balance of power. It takes us to a place where ideas, textiles and furniture arrive and depart, from as far away as Serampore in Bengal and Copenhagen in Denmark going beyond geography to contribute to literacy and education in India and alter tastes in distant Europe. This volume examines the place from the perspectives of a diverse range of academic disciplines social anthropology, art history, sociology of religion, ethnography and history. It enquires into the lives of natives and foreigners, i.e. Danish, German and British, as they grapple(d) across borders both physical and cultural, in the past and the present. This collection is unique in that it centres on activities which radiated from this important south Indian place, instead of seeing this place as an appendix to the national history of Denmark or to the Christian mission activities from Germany. Thereby, the authors and editors of this volume peg Tranquebar in its rightful place in the scholarly map. This book will be useful for students and scholars of colonial history, South Asian studies and anthropology. They will benefit from the diverse strands of research a seemingly small place offers.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 13 January, 2014.
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