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This book looks at individual trajectories in an early modern global context. It draws on the lives and writings of a trio of marginal figures who were cast adrift from their traditional moorings into an unknown world.
The subjects include
“Persian” prince of Bijapur in Central India held hostage by the Portuguese at
English traveller and global schemer whose writings reveal a nimble
understanding of realpolitik in the emerging world of the early seventeenth
insightful Venetian chronicler of the Mughal Empire in the later seventeenth
century who drifted between jobs with the Mughals and various foreign
entrepôts, observing all but remaining the eternal outsider
telling the fascinating story of floating identities in a changing world,
Subrahmanyam injects humanity into global history and shows that biography still
plays an important role in contemporary historiography.