Fort Cochin in Kerala 1750-1830
Graduation: Leiden University, Faculty of Arts, 20 June 2007.
Promotors: Prof. D.H.A. Kolff
This study of the early modern fortress town of Cochin in India, based on the rarely used VOC archival deposits in the Tamil Nadu State Archives in Chennai (Madra), provides an intimate portrait of a Dutch urban community of East India Company servants and their dependents living within the larger social envirement of the Malabar coast. It shows how between 1750 and 1830 the population of this Dutch settlement had adapted itself to the fundamental political and economic changes that occurred as a result of local state formation processes, the demise of the Dutch East India Company, and the change of regime that occurred when English administration was imposed on Fort Cochin in 1795.
Dr. Hugo K. s'Jacob
Dr. Ruby Maloni