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Rethinking Connectivity: Region, Place and Space in Asia

Lipi Ghosh (Editor) Rila Mukherjee (Editor) Issues in History

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. Once these connections become consistent and durable, they transform into connectivities. Rethinking Connectivity: Region, Place and Space in Asia urges us to look not just for connections but also connectivities. Starting with cases of highly visible and structured/networked connectivities in an overland route spanning Central Asia and in a coastal polity’s transactions on the far side of the Indian Ocean, the book showcases some of the most remarkable links forged in Asian history. It contains three examples of ideologies and individuals negotiating connections already established in colonial Bengal and, from these realms of the visible, moves to the intangible domain of visual strategies to discern other linkages. Cultural icons celebrating the nation, and maps displaying increasingly novel conceptions of space and time, reinforce the idea of an Asia that is connected and even braided, but also contested from early times to the present.

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About the authors

Lipi Ghosh

Dr. Lipi Ghosh is a historian with specialization in Southeast Asian studies. She has obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from the University of Calcutta. Currently she is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Calcutta. Formerly she was Visiting Scholar at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Maison des Sciences de 1' Hommes, Paris, School of Oriental and African Studies, London and Ford Asia Fellow and Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. She has wide range of publications in national and international academic journals. Her other published work is Burma: Myth of French Intrigue (Calcutta, 1994).

Rila Mukherjee

Rila Mukherjee is Professor and Head, Department of History, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. Her specialization is on the silk trade and traders in pre-colonial Bengal. She is the author of Strange Riches: Bengal in the Mercantile Map of South Asia (2006) and Merchants and Companies in Bengal: Kasimbazar and Jugdia in the Eighteenth Century (2006).

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Title Rethinking Connectivity: Region, Place and Space in Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 07.03.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Primus Books
Language: English
isbn 9789384082840
length xiii+183p., Illustrations; Maps; 25cm.