Archive Results For: East India Company

Book Review – ‘A Low Set of Blackguards: The East India Company and its maritime service 1600–1834, vol. 2, Triumph and Decline 1708–1834’ by A. B. McLeod

By A. B. McLeod

This second volume of the history of the East India Company is a tour de force from this experienced narrator (R Woodman) … it is a mammoth page-turner in which the reader is constantly drawn onwards by the unfolding dramas of the time and places revealed. Woodman’s text details the trials and tribulations of Company […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Feeding Globalization: Madagascar and the provisioning trade, 1600–1800’ by John McAleer

By John McAleer

In 1798 Benjamin Stout, the captain of an American merchant ship which had apparently been shipwrecked off the southern coast of Africa two years earlier, wrote approvingly of Madagascar, describing it as ‘one of the largest and finest islands in the world’. Indeed, he was astonished that ‘no European power hath as yet made a […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘‘Nemesis’: The first iron warship and her world’ byA. G. Marshall

By W. Mark Hamilton

Adrian Marshall’s ‘Nemesis’ makes a significant contribution not only to a history of this unique ship, but to the history of the nineteenth-century Asian world in which she sailed. Nemesis was the first of a generation of steam-powered ironclad vessels with watertight compartments. It was also the first iron vessel to round the Cape of […] Read More

Filed under: Opium Wars | East India Company
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Book Review-‘The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the Wreck of the ‘Halsewell’, East Indiaman, 1786’ by P. Browne

By Jaap R. Bruijn

One cannot pretend that East India Company commander Richard Peirce had a very interesting career. It was merely one of many. Much was and is still unknown about the man, even his year of birth and his early sea life. What made him well known to his contemporaries was his final voyage in 1786 when […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘A Low Set of Blackguards: The East India Company and its maritime service 1600–1834:volume 1, The Heroic Age 1600–1707’ by R. Woodman

By A. B. McLeod

The founding of the East India Company on the last day of 1600 showed the determination of London merchants to challenge the Dutch monopoly of the trade in spices. Hailed as the forerunner of a vast empire based on trade, writers such as Richard Hakluyt helped to arouse public support for the enterprise. Diplomacy dictated […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | East India Company
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Lascars and Indian Ocean Seafaring, 1780- 1860: Shipboard life, unrest and mutiny’ by Derek Massarella

By Derek Massarella

In his introduction, Aaron Jaffer recapitulates the extensive secondary sources on lascar crews serving on British shipping. The author intends to contribute to this corpus by focusing on cases of mutiny, defined as the ‘violent takeover of a single ship by her crew’ (p. 17), a neglected aspect of lascar history, in order to shed […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Book Review – ‘Journal, Memorials and Letters of Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge: Security, diplomacy and commerce in 17th-century Southeast Asia’ by Leo M. Akveld

By Leo M. Akveld

The countries of Southeast Asia which surround the historically important sea route of the Strait of Malacca – like Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore – can learn little about the history of their country until they have a thorough command of the languages of their former overseas rulers. Today’s inhabitants have to master Portuguese, Spanish or […] Read More

Filed under: Dutch Wars | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The European Canton Trade 1723: Competition and cooperation’ ed. by M. Kessler, K. Lee and D. Menning

By Derek Massarella

This collection of source material on European trade in Canton in 1723 originated as a teaching project at the Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen. It was conceived as a way of encouraging students to read and engage with primary sources, and, more ambitiously, it is intended ‘to contribute to a larger scholarship on the early […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Logistics

Book Review-‘The Political Economy of Indigo in India, 1580–1930: A global perspective’ by G. A. Nadri

By Markus Vink

Ghulam Nadri, an Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University specializing in early modern Gujarat and India, traces the convoluted ‘long-durée moment’ [sic] (p. 121) of natural indigo in India as a global commercial dye. Informed by the global commodity chains conceptual framework, this book looks at this particular trade from its inception in […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Logistics

Book Review – ‘Shipwreck and Survival in Oman, 1763: The fate of the ‘Amstelveen’ and thirty castaways on the south coast of Arabia’ by Guido van Meersbergen

By Guido van Meersbergen

This attractively produced volume tells the story of the demise of the Dutch East Indiaman Amstelveen on the coast of Oman in August 1763, and the subsequent trek through the Arabian Desert by a band of 30 survivors. It is based on the eyewitness account by the only officer to survive the shipwreck, third mate Cornelis Eyks. […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Indian Ocean | Shipwrecks | East India Company
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous

Book Review-‘Naval Resistance to Britain’s Growing Power in India 1660–1800: The saffron banner and the Tiger of Mysore’ by P. MacDougal

By Sohinee Basak

This book outlines the naval activities of some of the Indian states, specially those under the saffron banner of the Marathas and the leadership of Tipu Sultan, the ‘Tiger of Mysore’. Deviating from the common belief that the Indian states lacked naval awareness, the author shows the rise of Indian indigenous navies and tries to […] Read More

Filed under: Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Dutch Sources on South Asia c. 1660–1825, vol. 4, Mission to Madurai: Dutch embassies to the Nayaka court of Madurai in the seventeenth century’ by Markus Vink

By Anjana Singh

The volume reviewed is part of a series on Dutch sources on South Asia which originally began in 2001 as a bibliography and guide to all Dutchlanguage materials on the subject that are available in the National Archives at The Hague. The series editors and contributors hold the noble aim of making it possible for […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Indian Ocean | Pacific | East India Company
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Strategy & Diplomacy

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