Portuguese In The East: A Cultural History Of A Maritime Trading Empire


by De Silva Jayasuriya, Shihan

Portuguese In The East: A Cultural History Of A Maritime Trading Empire

Price:  US$42.70   (SGD59.30*)
Format:  Paper Back, 212 pages
Published:  2017, United Kingdom, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9781784539160
SB#:  060090 (101)

About This Book

Vasco da Gama's voyage to India in the late fifteenth century opened up new economic and cultural horizons for the Portuguese. Undertaken at the height of Portugal's maritime influence, it helped to create an oceanic state ranging from the Cape of Good Hope to China. While Portugal's direct political influence in Asia was comparatively short-lived, its linguistic influence remains. Here Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya charts the influences of the Portuguese in more than 50 Asian tongues, illustrating the extent of Lusitanian links. Luso-Asian influence became engrained in eastern cultures in more subtle ways than other the European empires which followed, such as the Portuguese oral traditions in folk literature, now embedded in postcolonial Asian music and song.


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