The Early History of the Madras Region

This book by Barlow stands out because it was written in 1921 and represents a non-judgmental view of an Englishman who has apparently written other books about India of the past. I could find little else about Mr. Barlow; however, his writing style is simple and factual. He starts with the origins of Madraspatnam in the 1600s, and its evolution alongside Portuguese, French and Dutch Indian colonies on the South East coast of India. We learn about Fort St. George the nidus of East India Company that grew into a British India, of St. Mary’s Church -perhaps the first Protestant Church in India, and of St. Thome Cathedral where the Apostle Thomas may have been killed and buried. We find out about the old Ice House where they stored ice blocks and about fabled personalities as Francis Day, Robert Clive and Governor Elihu Yale.

here is far less emphasis, or even substantive mention, on how the Indians lived their daily lives or how they viewed the evolution of their town. The author does not entirely neglect this aspect, however. He does refer to the development of the educational system in Madras: for instance, he cites “Pachaiyappa’s College, a well-known Hindu institution,” and the birth of The University of Madras. You will not learn much about the sentiments of the day, the emotional undercurrents leading to the Freedom Movement, or the joys and tears of the daily life of non-English In

Book Info

Title: The early history of the Madras region
Author: K. V. Raman
Edition: 2, reprint
Publisher: C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, 2008
ISBN: 8189758012, 9788189758011
Length :272 pages

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