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The Career and Legend of Vasco da Gama

The Career and Legend of Vasco da Gama

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  • Date Published: December 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521646291

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  • Vasco da Gama (?1469–1524) is well known as one of a generation of discoverers, along with Magellan, Cabral, and Columbus. Yet little is known about his life, or about the context within which he 'discovered' the all-sea route to India in 1497–99. This book, based on a mass of published and unpublished sources in Portuguese and other languages, delineates Gama's career and social context, focusing on the delicate balance between 'career' and 'legend'. The book addresses broad questions of myth-building and nationalism, while never losing sight of Gama himself.

    • A paperback edition of Subrahmanyam's complex study of the great Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who found the sea route to India 1497–99
    • Explains for the first time the career and self-made myth of Vasco da Gama and the realities of his social circumstances
    • Arguably the most sophisticated and intellectually refined study ever to have been written about one of the great fifteenth-century discoverers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… exhaustively documented, and dense with information.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'Subrahmanyam is an exemplary scholar. His knowledge of the subject is unsurpassed.' The Sunday Times

    ' … a book notable as much for its formidable scholarship as for the boldness and breadth of its conception'. Cultura

    ' … an outstanding biography … which makes it easy to follow Vasco Da Gama's career'. Business Standard

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521646291
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Overture: bones of contention
    2. The heritage of Santiago
    3. To Calicut and back
    4. The attempt to consolidate
    5. The wilderness years
    6. A career culminates
    Finale: the judgements of posterity

  • Author

    Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

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