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'Aus Den Fürnembsten Indianischen Reisebeschreibungen Zusammengezogen'. Knowledge About India In Early Modern Germany

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'Knowledge' is a social construction of reality, which is widely approved and accepted as true and real. The organisation of knowledge is never neutral or arbitrary, but mirrors the author's worldview, the cultural patterns of how s/he interprets the world. The Portuguese had established a close relationship with the local king, amongst other things because he was an enemy of the Samodrin of Calicut, the most important ruler at the Indian west coast. Adam Olearius , the editor of many Oriental travel accounts, complained that only a few reports about the Mughal court existed in German. The Dutch Colonial past as well as the Dutch East India Company (VOC)'s relevance for German work migration in the seventeenth century is nowadays more or less forgotten in Germany. During the eighteenth century, modes of organisation of knowledge and conceptions of science changed altogether.

Keywords: early modern Germany; Indian west coast

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