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Virginia Tech
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France, India, Europe, Indian Ocean, Colonialism, Empire, Religion, Commerce, Law, Early Modern History
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About Me

Danna Agmon is an Associate Professor of History at Virginia Tech and a scholar of French empire, specializing in the history of French India in the eighteenth century. She is the author A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India, published by Cornell University Press in 2017. She is currently working on a book titled A World at Court: Law and French Empire in the Indian Ocean.

Recent Publications

A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India. Cornell University Press, 2017.

“Striking Pondichéry: Religious Disputes and French Authority in an Indian Colony of the Ancien Régime.” French Historical Studies (2014) 37(3): 437-467.

“The Currency of Kinship: Trading Families and Trading on Family in Colonial French India.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 47, no. 2 [2014]: 137-155.

“Intermediaries on the Move: Mobility and Stability in the Making of Colonial Go-Betweens in Eighteenth-Century India.” In Intermédiares culturels/Cultural Intermediaries: Séminaire international des jeunes dix-huitiémistes, edited by Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding and Ellen R. Welch. Paris: Honoré-Champion, 2015: 217-236.

“Conflicts in the Context of Conversion: French Jesuits and Tamil Religious Intermediaries in Madurai, India.” In Intercultural Encounter: Jesuit Mission in South Asia, 16th-18th Centuries, edited by Anand Amaladass and Ines G. Zupanov. Bangalore, India: Asian Trading Corporation, 2014: 179-198.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
France, India
Expertise by Geography
Asia, France, India, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Colonialism, Diplomacy, Economic History, Law, Politics, Religion