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A Hundred Horizons: The Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire

Sugata Bose (Author)
Synopsis A Hundred Horizons written around a set of sea voyages involving Curzon, Tagore, and Gandhi, as well as unknown merchants, labourers, soldiers, and pilgrims, this book asks us to completely rethink the nature of nationalism and empire. It does so by arguing the importance of interregional arenas for extra-territorial and universalist anti-colonialism. This current of ideas, Bose powerfully demonstrates, coexisted and contended with territorial nationalism. He illuminates the interplay of nationalism and universalism in the thought and politics of a wide range of nationalists and patriots - both exalted and subaltern. This fascinating history of mobile people around the Indian ocean also retrieves the nuances of patriotism in diasporic public spheres by focusing on the many fragments that trespassed the borders of colonies and would-be nations. The pilgrimage experience of Muslims from India, Malaya, and Java to Mecca and Medicina; the overseas voyages of Tagore and Gandhi; and the diaries and epistolary records of ordinary travellers collectively reveal the reality of the Indian ocean as a cultural ecumene, a distinguishable zone which inspired ideas and aspirations that challenged Europe's hegemonies. This pioneering exploration of the oceanic dimension of anti-colonialism and religious universalism frees the study of nationalism and empire from its landlocked state. By elucidating ideas that wafted across the Indian ocean, Bose makes a rich and persuasive argument, namely that the intellectual history of imperialism may best be studied in the framework of multiple and competing universalisms rather than mutually exclusive and conflicting cultural relativisms.
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About the author

Sugata Bose

Sugata Bose is Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University. His publications include Nationalism, Democracy and Development: State and Politics in India (co-edited with Ayesha Jalal; 1997) and The Indian Struggle, 1920-1942: Subhas Chandra Bose (co-edited with Sisir Kumar Bose; 1997).

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Title A Hundred Horizons: The Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire
Author Sugata Bose
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 8178241633, 9788178241630
length xiv+334p.