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ONE Meeting Malabar 1 Malabar in the Eighteenth Century · Pre-colonial Social Order * Pre-colonial Land Law Two Legitimation of Rule 30 Religious Legitimation * The Model of the Little Kingdom and Its Modification * Contact Zone as a Model of Interaction THREE In Search of Black Gold 62 Economic Attractiveness of Malabar . The Portuguese, the Dutch and the French · Initial Contacts with the British * The Invasions of Haidar Ali and Tippu Sulttan FOUR Clash of Sovereignty 92 Maisurian Policy Meets Resistance in Malabar · British Policy towards Malabar after 1792 · Conflicts between the Local Elite and the Colonial Administration FIVE Concept of Rule 141 Kottayam-a Little Khigdom? * ContactZone Malabar * The Aftermath in the Nineteenth Century Six Transformation of Rule in Malabar 170Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Malabar (India) History 18th century, Malabar (India) History 19th century, Great Britain Colonies Asia Administration