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Swadeshi Steam: V.O. Chidambaram Pillai And The Battle Against The British Maritime Empire

Release date: 22 December 2023
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In 1906, Britain's grip on the world was unassailable. Its navy ruled the seas, and its trade emp... Read More

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In 1906, Britain's grip on the world was unassailable. Its navy ruled the seas, and its trade empire spanned the globe. But in the small port town of Tuticorin, a lawyer named V.O. Chidambaram Pillai—known to the world as VOC—had a revolutionary idea that would challenge the might of the empire itself.

VOC's plan was audacious: to launch the Swadeshi Steam Navigation Company, a venture that would compete head-on with the British India Steam Navigation Company, the shipping giant that controlled the region. To make his dream a reality, he rallied native traders and patriotic citizens, raising the capital needed to launch his daring enterprise. But the company faced a formidable foe: British mercantile interests and the imperial state both backed its competitor, giving it deep pockets and brazen government backing. VOC and his allies would have to defy overwhelming odds to make their venture a success.

Swadeshi Steam is a tale of heroism and defiance in the face of colonial oppression. Based on four decades of research in archives around the world, this inspiring saga showcases the power of one individual's vision to ignite a movement.

 

Product Details

Title: Swadeshi Steam: V.O. Chidambaram Pillai And The Battle Against The British Maritime Empire
Author: A.R. Venkatachalapathy
Publisher: Allen Lane - Penguin
SKU: BK0484185
EAN: 9780670099597
Number Of Pages: 514
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Release date: 22 December 2023

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