Beyond National Frames: South Asian Pasts and the World
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edited by Rila Mukherjee
Professor of History, University of Hyderabad
This volume envisions a mobile South Asia flowing beyond its geographical confines, showcasing a history transcending present borders of both land and sea and resulting in a truly connected transnational history of Asia and the Indian Ocean world. Recommending a shift from the conventional region or nation-centred histories to spaces seen as borderless, the essays in this volume re-evaluate known sources, open up fresh ones, raise new questions and attempt to find answers to them. New formulations, novel hypotheses and innovative spatialities are seen in the resultant cross-regional histories, with the consequence that the dual nature of the source – as archive (text and terrain) and also as window (context) – is also interrogated. Hence, the volume asserts a need to take stock of the sources we have inherited, to visualize the sources we can access and to reflect on new histories which become possible once they are accessed.
Bhaswati Bhattacharya • João Teles e Cunha • Kenneth R. Hall • Ruby Maloni • Jyoti Mohan • Rila Mukherjee • Antoni Picazo Muntaner • Om Prakash • Jean-Franc̗ois Salles • Tansen Sen • Radhika Seshan • Ingo Strauch