Contents: Introduction; India or Brazil? Priority for imperial survival during the wars of the RestauraAAGBPo; Two Lusitanian variations on a Dutch theme: Portuguese companies in times of crisis, 1628-1662; Francisco Rodrigues de Silveira, the forgotten soldado prA!tico; The origin and rhythm of Dutch aggression against the Estado da India, 1601-1661; Millenarianism and empire: Portuguese Asian decline and the 'crise de conscience' of the missionaries; Jewel trading in Portuguese India in the 16th and 17th centuries; Portugal, Venice, Genoa and the traffic in precious stones at the beginning of the modern age; A legend in black and white: the American Indian as propaganda in the Eighty Years War (in collaboration with Michiel Hoogeveen); Portugal's 'shadow empire' in the Bay of Bengal; South India and the China Seas: how the V.O.C. shifted its weight from China and Japan to India around A.D. 1636 (in collaboration with Mark Vink); A tale of two Coromandel towns: Madraspatam (Fort St George) and SAGBPo Thome de Meliapur; The Estado da A ndia on the subcontinent: Portuguese as players on a South Asian stage; Early Portuguese travel and influence at the corner of Asia; In northern mists: Portuguese voyages to the boreal Atlantic; Bibliographical essay: a treasury of printed source materials pertaining to the 15th and 16th centuries; Embassies from Malacca and the 'shadow empire'; Vasco da Gama: a speculative reconstruction of a voyage and its antecedents; The Renaissance as reflected in Goa; Private trading in Portuguese Asia: a substantial will o'the wisp; Few thanks to the king: the building of Portuguese India; Index.
George D. Winius, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, USA
'Winius' latest Studies on Portuguese Asia, 1495-1689 is sure to be very well received in scholarly circles and will truly be an inspiration to other researchers of Indo-Portuguese History.' INDICA, vol. 40, 2, sept. 2003 'The book represents an important contribution to studies about Portuguese expansion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.' Sixteenth Century Journal