Oceans Connect: Reflections on Water Worlds across Time and Space
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edited by Rila Mukherjee
Professor of History, University of Hyderabad
This volume explores how seas and oceans connect not only geographically but also through networks of trade, cooperation, beliefs, scientific knowledge and even rumour. More importantly, it makes a case for the decolonization of regional history by way of defining it through ocean spaces rather than land borders and therefore brings into focus the distinction between marine and maritime worlds. The essays in this volume look at the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Indian oceans to explore waterscapes an autonomous bodies with networks of mobility and paths of cultural transmission. They consider the manner in which people, goods and ideas travelled across waters; the imagined unities of peoples, regions, trading blocs and empires; and the restructured paradigms of vision, time and space. They also reveal how similar cultural strategies came to be developed over vast spaces, rescripting, thus, the lines of enquiry that revolve around the history of seas.
Amȃndio Jorge Morais Barros • Paul D´Arcy • Lipi Ghosh • Ryan Tucker Jones • Ruby Maloni • Rila Mukherjee • Antoni Picazo Muntaner • J.B. Owens • Amélia Polónia • Om Prakash • Radhika Seshan • Ana Crespo Solana • Arvind S. Susarla
‘The collection is a departure from the normal selection of papers on a particular subject, in the sense that the articles embrace subjects that are even distantly connected to make an integrated study of the subject of Ocean and its ability to connect civilisations and people across the oceans.’
K.R.A. Narasiah, The Hindu