By K M Panikkar
Eightvo. 350 pp, checklist of b&w illustrations, record of three fold-out maps, creation, half I. THE AGE OF enlargement, 1498-1750: 1. India and the Indian Ocean; 2. China and Japan. half II. THE AGE OF CONQUEST, 1750-1858: 1. India and the Islands; 2. China. half III. THE AGE OF EMPIRE, 1858-1914: 1. India; 2. China; three. Japan; four. South-East Asia; five. Siam. half IV. RUSSIA AND THE some distance EAST: 1. earlier than the Revolution; 2. Asia and the Russian Revolution. half V. EUROPE IN RETREAT, 1918-1939: 1. the ecu Civil warfare and its results; 2. India; three. China; four. Japan; five. somewhere else in Asia. half VI. THE restoration OF ASIA: 1. normal; 2. India; three. Japan; four. China; five. The Lesser nations of Asia; half VII. CHRISTIAN MISSIONS: Christian Missions. half VIII. ORIENTAL impacts IN EUROPE: 1. Cultural impacts; 2. The affects on eu concept; end; index. 5th impact, 1961. purple textile.
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The case of the Zamorin was very special. His State was the one considerable naval power on the coast and the Portuguese claims of supremacy on the sea conflicted with his own authority. For a hundred years the naval fight between the Zamorin's fleets and the Portuguese from Goa and Cochin continued without intermission, and it was only in 1599 that a treaty was signed between them. Also, it should be remembered that the prosperity of the Calicut State, for over 400 years, had been bound up with the activities of Arab spice merchants.
Just as the presence of the Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula and their Empire across the narrow Straits of Gibraltar constituted a standing menace to the Portuguese, the presence of the Bahmini Sultanates on the borders of Vijayanagar provided that State with the powerful motive of safeguarding Hindu religion and culture in South India, and of upholding national inde- pendence against Muslim Powers. To both Portugal and Vijayanagar, Islam was the enemy, a factor of considerable significance, as we shall see, in the establishment of Portuguese authority in Goa.
46 ASIA AND WESTERN DOMINANCE It is also important to remember that the centre of spice trade had shifted from Lisbon to the great ports of the Lowlands during the century. The demand for spices was greater in the northern regions of Europe, and the importance of Lisbon in the beginning was mainly as the entrepot for these essential goods. But the trade in Europe was in the hands of northern merchants, and from the beginning Antwerp had been a centre of this trade which it later on practically monopolized.
Asia and Western Dominance: A Survey of the Vasco Da Gama Epoch of Asian History, 1498-1945 by K M Panikkar