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The Career and Legend of Vasco Da Gama

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Vasco da Gama (?1469-1524) is well known as one of a generation of discoverers, along with Magellan, Cabral and Columbus. Yet little is kno wn about his life, or about the context within which he 'discovered' the all-sea route to India in 1497-99.This book places Gama in the social and political context of Portugal and argues that politically he was an unlikely candidate f ...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published October 29th 1998 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1997)
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Rosa Ramôa
"Salientamos a grande desconfiança de Vasco da Gama em Calecute.Ele espera que os navios indianos se aproximem das suas naus em vez de tomar a iniciativa e ir a terra.Manda a terra um degredado (condenado) em vez de alguém com autoridade.
Os portugueses- com os seus insignificantes presentes de tecidos,chapéus e produtos agrícolas-não conseguiram criar uma impressão favorável no Samorim.De facto,havia um sentimento de desconfiança mútua nos contactos." (adaptado)
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Caravan magazine, in a recent review of one of Subrahmanyam's collection of essays quoted his response in the context of the debate between writing popular/readable history versus academic history. The quote is reproduced here:

“such readable books cannot replace or do away with the proper academic monograph, which is based on textual or archival research, and can’t be read that easily by non-academics ... we are constantly trying to push the frontiers of research, rather than those of readabilit
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He taught Delhi School of Economics, then EHESS (Paris), then Oxford, before becoming Holder of Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair of Indian History at UCLA which he joined in 2004.
In 2013, he became Holder of Early Modern Global History Chair at Collège de France.

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