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The Career and Legend of Vasco da Gama

Biography / Memoir
By: Sanjay Subrahmanyam
400 pages, Bw photos, illus, maps
The Career and Legend of Vasco da Gama
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  • The Career and Legend of Vasco da Gama ISBN: 9780521646291 Paperback Oct 1998 Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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About this book

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 This book, based on a mass of published and unpublished sources in Portuguese and other languages, delineates Gama's career and social context, focusing on the delicate balance between 'career' and 'legend'.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.

Contents

Preface; 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; Bibliography.

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Biography / Memoir
By: Sanjay Subrahmanyam
400 pages, Bw photos, illus, maps
Media reviews
'... 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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