Dialog of a Veteran Soldier by Diogo do CoutoDialog of a Veteran Soldier by Diogo do Couto

Dialog of a Veteran Soldier

byDiogo do CoutoTranslated byTimothy J. CoatesOtherTimothy J. Coates

Paperback | September 6, 2016

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Fraud, scandal, theft of royal funds, official graft, and cover-ups: these are the subjects of the 1612 exposé written by Diogo do Couto in his Dialog of a Veteran Soldier. Couto revealed too much and as a result, this work had to wait more than 175 years until its first publication in 1790. This classic of overseas Portuguese history is a well-known source cited by historians of Portuguese Asia, yet it has remained beyond the reach of a larger audience until this translation—its first into any other language. Couto was never rewarded with any of the prized positions that viceroys and governors (according to him) showered on their underlings. This Dialog is his bitter response. In it, we can see the workings of official and informal administration of Portuguese Asia as well as the numerous remedies Couto suggests to correct these abuses.
DIOGO DO COUTO (Lisbon, c. 1542–Goa, 10 December 1616) was a Portuguese historian. TIMOTHY J. COATES is professor of history at the College of Charleston. His is the author of Convicts and Orphans: Forced and State-Sponsored Colonizers in the Portuguese Empire, 1550–1755, and the translator of André João Antonil’s Brazil at the Dawn of...
Title:Dialog of a Veteran SoldierFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9 × 6.04 × 0.7 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Tagus Press at UMass DartmouthLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
Foreword by M. N. Pearson
Comments on the Translation
Glossary of Foreign and Archaic English Terms
Maps Showing Places Mentioned in the Text
Viceroys and Governors of Portuguese Asia, 1505–1612
Letter to the Count of Salinas and Ribadeo
Scene 1: The Importance of Secrecy
Scene 2: How Appointments in Portuguese India Are Managed in Portugal; the Many Irregularities in the Process
Scene 3: The Worst Enemies of the King’s Treasury Are His Ministers; How the King’s Orders and Standing Instructions Are Not Followed; and Other Subjects
Scene 4: Regarding the Types of Fraud in India and the Damages They Cause
Scene 5: The Second Type of Fraud, Which Is Against Men, and the Destruction It Causes
Scene 6: The Third Type of Fraud, Which Is Against God, and Many Other Wicked Things the Governors Do
Scene 7: The Fourth Type of Fraud, Which Is Against All, and the Nature of Old Debts
Scene 8: The Treasury Inspectors; Their Unnecessary Visits to the Northern Forts; and the Irregularities They Commit with the King’s Accounts
Scene 9: Old Payments for Soldiers; How the King Is Robbed by Them; and How to Avoid Them
Scene 10: Regarding the Accounts in Goa and Other Subjects
Scene 1: Irregularities in Making Appointments
Scene 2: The Importance of Truth, Valor, and Gold in Retaining Portuguese Asia
Scene 3: Confusion in Making Appointments
Scene 4: The Red Sea Fleets; How to Select a Viceroy; the Three Traits of a Good Leader; and the Importance of Clemency
Scene 5: The Importance of Generosity
Scene 6: The Importance of Prudent Speech
Scene 1: Supplies for Portuguese Asia; Attending to Those Absent; Vice-regal Correspondence and Orders
Scene 2: Fraudulent Actions of the Viceroys; the Importance of Attending to Little Things; the Cowardice of Soldiers Nowadays; and the Needs of Portuguese Asia
Scene 3: To Conquer Sri Lanka or Aceh? The Importance of Conquering the Silver Mines of Mutapa
Scene 4: The Wealth and Riches of Africa versus India
Appendix: Draft Letter from Matias de Albuquerque
Further Reading

Editorial Reviews

“Timothy Coates is to be praised for having prepared a long-awaited and impeccable English translation of one of the key texts to understanding the social world of the Portuguese empire in Asia in the early seventeenth century. Myriad ‘veteran soldiers’ existed and even penned similar writings. But Diogo do Couto’s fictional dialogue rests unrivaled. The present edition is the best gift that all those interested in the social history of the Estado da Índia could receive on the occasion of the four-hundredth anniversary of Couto’s death.” - Jorge Flores, professor of early modern global history, European University Institute, Florence