In Encounters of the Opposite Coast Markus Vink provides a narrative of the first half century of cross-cultural interaction between the Dutch East India Company (VOC), one of the great northern European chartered companies, and Madurai, one of the 'great southern Nayakas' and successor-states of the Vijayanagara empire, in southeast India (c. 1645-1690). A shared interest in trade and at times converging political objectives formed the unstable foundations for a complex relationship fraught with tensions, a mixture of conflict and coexistence typical of the 'age of contained conflict'. Drawing extensively on archival materials, Markus Vink covers a topic neglected by both Company historians and their Indian counterparts and sheds important light on a 'black hole in South Indian history'.
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Markus P.M. Vink, Ph.D. (1998), University of Minnesota, is Professor of History at SUNY Fredonia. He has published monographs and numerous articles on the Indian Ocean World, including The Merchant-Warrior Pacified (OUP, 1991) and Mission to Madurai (Manohar, 2012).
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