These three volumes were published after a conference organised by the Calouste Gulbenkian foundation together with the Chancellerie des Universités de Paris, in the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama's arrival in India.
The three-volume publication is divided into themes, the first volume concerning political and military history; the second on social and economic history, and the third on religious, cultural and artistic history. Each volume is enriched with a number of elucidating articles, written in the original language in which they were presented (Portuguese, French or English) on the Estado da Índia, and the relationship and communication between the East and the West, which was triggered by Vasco da Gama. More than seventy-four historians and specialists from all over the world contributed to the conference and subsequent publication, resulting in an exchange of knowledge, interpretations and experiences, in an open debate regarding the crucial question of 'what was the nature and what were the consequences of the arrival of the Portuguese at Calicut in 1498?' This three-volume publication is a fundamental tool for those who propose to deepen their knowledge on the several ramifications of the Portuguese (and European) presence in Asia.
Published by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal, 1999
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