Rethinking Connectivity: Region, Place and Space in Asia
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edited by Rila Mukherjee
Professor of History, University of Hyderabad
This volume urges us to discern not just connections but also connectivities. The history of a place, no matter how small, cannot be understood without appreciating the connections – visible or invisible; random or methodical; haphazard or systematic – it forges with other places across time and space. Starting with cases of highly visible and structured/networked connectivities from an overland route spanning Central Asia and a coastal polity on the far side of the Indian Ocean, it showcases some of the remarkable links forged in Asian history. It gives three examples of ideologies and individuals negotiating connections already established in colonial Bengal, and, from these realms of the visible, moves to the more intangible domain of visual strategies to discern connectivities. Cultural icons celebrating the nation, and maps displaying increasingly novel conceptions of space and time, reinforce the idea of an Asia that is connected, braided, and also contested from early times to the present.
Sabyasachi Bhattacharya • Charles-Hubert de Brantes • Lipi Ghosh • Dirk H.A. Kolff • Lion Kӧnig • Subrata K. Mitra • Rila Mukherjee • Smritikumar Sarkar • Ilicia J. Sprey • Biao Yang