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The dynamics of the maritime world has held the fascination of researchers and scholars of history for long. Viewing the waterscapes as conduits of much economic and cultural sharing between peoples and lands, the focus of Networks in the First Global Age: 1400-1800 is on the oceans and seasâ??the Indian, the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans and the Mediterranean Seaâ??and economic, military and cultural transmissions within and across them.The book shows how conventional arguments in history writing about the rise of theWest, the hegemon of the State and the might of overseas colonial empires can beoverturned by emphasizing on dynamic, collaborative, nonlinear networks as opposed toformal networks based on hierarchy. Such networks signal a completely different pictureabout global interactions in the period 1400-1800, emphasizing the centrality of peoples andcommodities at different times in different parts of the world. More importantly, the bookchallenges chronological readings and urges us to think spatially instead.With contributions from Indian, American, French and Iberian scholars, Networks in the First Global Age: 1400-1800 tells us what happens when the sea of history meets the sea ofnetwork analysis. PRINTED PAGES: 410.