This volume is a festschrift for Damodar Ramaji SarDesai (b. 1931), Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where all of the contributors received their Ph.D as did SarDesai himself. His work for over fifty years at UCLA has been an inspiration to generations of students, and he has made major contributions to the world of learning, and in his chosen areas of specialization of India, especially its foreign policy with regard to Southeast Asia, imperialism and the history of the modern European empires; and Southeast Asia. He has served as Chair of the History Department at UCLA as well as Bombay University and President of the Asiatic Society of Bombay.
The volume includes a biographical introduction and a bibliographic essay on SarDesai’s major writings and contains new and cutting-edge essays on the design of imperial Vijayanagara; famine policy in colonial India and how European imperialist policies created, or exacerbated the impact of, famines; the relatively unknown chapter of ‘Chinese Gordon’s’ brief Indian career; reflections on the Tamil humanist A. Madhaviah, a man ahead of his time; nationalism and the career of industrialist G.D. Birla, Gandhi’s friend; the ‘Chindia Problematic’—India and China relations; the state of Philippine historiography and its nationalist impulses; the role of Vietnamese highlanders in the Vietnamese nationalist struggle and their recent plight; early Malayan nationalism; and the efforts of American administrators to protect Philippine highland natives from being forced to participate in international exhibitions as curiosities from the American colony.
Introduction 1. Damodar SarDesai: Past and Present in South and Southeast Asian History (Roger D. Long) 2. Multi-Zonal Integration and Network Relations at Vijayanagara (Nalini Rao) 3. Famines of Structural Adjustment in Colonial India (Vasant Kaiwar) 4. Charles Gordon and India (Marc Jason Gilbert) 5. The Modern Tamil Humanism of A. Madhaviah (Sita Anantha Raman) 6. Capitalism, Nationalism and Industrialization in the Age of Imperialism: The Case of G.D. Birla and the Jute Industry in Colonial India (Tara Sethia) 7. The Race of Civilizations in the Age of Globalization: The Chindia Problematic (Sucheta Mazumdar) 8. ‘Before the Cock Crows’: Early Stirrings of National Awareness on the Malay Peninsula (Ingelese Lanman) 9. Kinh and Highlander in the Vietnamese Revolution (Mark W. Mcleod) 10. Writing Early Philippine History: The Growing Gulf (Damon Woods) 11. Colonial Crisis: How One American Fought for the Dignity of the Philippine Highlanders (Shelton Woods)