mercredi 31 décembre 2014, par Dominique Taurisson-Mouret
« A wide-ranging account of the place Goa occupied both in India and the world beyond, before the advent of the British Raj. It was the capital of an European maritime empire that teetered on the brink of collapse in the tumultuous seventeenth century, only to become a thriving cultural, religious and diplomatic hub in the 18th century, building close relations with the foremost continental empires of the day — Mogul, Maratha and Mysore.
The globalisation of trade in the 18th century restored its former Atlantic ties via Brazil and the development of the African slave trade, while also opening doors to the Orient, via China and the opium markets. Within a century, however, it was but a modest outpost of the bustling Bombay.… »
Since studying at the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure, and after graduate and doctoral studies at the University of the Sorbonne and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), Ernestine Carreira has specialised in the history of India and the western Indian Ocean in the Modern Era. Her numerous publications bear essentially on western India in the eighteenth century, with a specific focus on trading communities and networks between the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean from the mid-eighteenth century until the beginnings of the British Raj. She is a consultant scholar for the French Ministry of Higher Education, and has for many years worked within international research teams focusing on Asia and the Portuguese-speaking world in the Modern Era (Universidade Nova de Lisboa-C.H.A.M., Universidade Federal Fluminense, Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne...) ; since 1987 she has forged strong research links in collaboration with academics and scholars from Goa. She is a member of the International Committee which runs the Indo-Portuguese Seminars.