The papers in this volume are divided in two groups, one dealing with Indian Ocean as a system of trade in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, the European penetration into it and the relations between the European and Indian merchant groups, etc., and the other with themes like super power rivalry in the Indian Ocean, concept of a `Peace Zone` in the Indian Ocean, the approaches of USSR and other erstwhile Communist countries to this concept and a historical perspective regarding India`s aims and objects in the Indian Ocean, etc.
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