Danna Agmon


A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India
Danna Agmon (Thom Fellow, 2015–16)

Danna Agmon’s gripping microhistory is a vivid guide to the “Nayiniyappa Affair” in the French colony of Pondicherry, India. The surprising and shifting fates of Nayiniyappa and his family form the basis of this story of global mobilization, which is replete with merchants, missionaries, local brokers, government administrators, and even the French royal family.