Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Pirates or Discoverers?

The book I've just written about the Portuguese in the Indian Ocean - is finished and in production. All my ponderings on historical perspective can be summed up in this one brilliant cartoon I saw in the Guardian at the weekend. On the left hand side Vasco da Gama and the Portuguese arrive on the coast of India. On the right, the perspective from the inhabitants of the Malabar Coast:


  1. The cartoon reminds me of a recently read book which delineated such perspectives from the Asian perspective. From The Ruins Of Empire by Pankaj Mishra was a thought provoking read.