Order Nr. 69134 BIBLIOGRAPHIE DE MADAGASCAR 1500-1903. Guillaume Grandidier.


  • (Mansfield Centre, CT: Martino Publishing, n.d. but 2001).
  • 8vo.
  • cloth
  • viii,433+(1); (v),436-905+(1) pages
  • ISBN: 1578983282

Price: $55.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 69134

Facsimile reprint of the first volume only that contains works from 1500-1905 and was originally printed in Paris by the Comite de Madagascar in 1905-1906 (Besterman (3645). The written history of Madagascar began in the seventh century A.D., when Arabs established trading posts along the northwest coast. European contact began in the 1500s, when Portuguese sea captain Diego Dias sighted the island after his ship became separated from a fleet bound for India. In the late 17th century, the French established trading posts along the east coast. In 1817, the Merina ruler and the British governor of Mauritius concluded a treaty abolishing the slave trade, which had been important in Madagascar's economy. In return, the island received British military and financial assistance. British influence remained strong for several decades, during which the Merina court was converted to Anglicanism and Congregationalism. The British accepted the imposition of a French protectorate over Madagascar in 1885 in return for eventual control over Zanzibar (now part of Tanzania) and as part of an overall definition of spheres of influence in the area. Absolute French control over Madagascar was established by military force in 1895-96, and the Merina monarchy was abolished. Grandidier's bibliography is the most extensive bibliography on the subject in Besterman with 7402 bibliographical references cited.