Jacques Albert, the surgeon-major of Pondichéry, India, probably thought that Marie Cuperly was “good for it” when it came to paying her outstanding medical bill. He put that belief to the test in 1711 when Cuperly, his patient of more than five years, died. Just hours after she passed away, Albert submitted a petition to… Read more →
Jakob Burnham is a PhD Candidate at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. His dissertations, “Producing Pondichéry: Social Lives and Urban Development in French India, 1699-1761”, examines the history of French settlements in India. By analyzing the social practices of daily life in Pondichéry, his work argues for the centrality of domestic economies to French colonization on the sub-continent.