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And, since I was bored anyways, here's a link to another recently completed paper; "The Development of a Modern Kerala From the Historical Workings of the Political Economy":

Kerala inhabits a unique place on the Indian subcontinent. The land itself is something of a geological oddity; it is a thin wedge of land on the eastern edge of the Arabian Sea, separated from the rest of the subcontinent by the rise of the Western Ghats. It is a land not largely risen from the oceans, but rather one deposited on top of them as ages of river erosion have deposited the silts of the Ghats on the western shoreline.

The culture of the peoples inhabiting Kerala are, by token, equally unique, by virtue of their unique geography (placed so serendipitously on the sea-borne trade routes between eastern and western civilizations), the formative events of the land's past, the arrival of its varied cultural fragments, but perhaps foremost, by the steady pressures of external trade on the shape of the political landscapes of its history.

I intend to present a political-economic model of Keralan history that is largely successful in explaining the development of its now unique political-culture. It is my contention that the workings of the trade winds are primarily responsible for creating the circumstances that drove local processes of empire-building, introduced so many non-Hindu political fragments into into the local culture, exposed the people to European occupation, and set the stage for the anti-Congress movements of the 1950's, and the rise of the political left in the state.

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