The Sea, Identity and History: From the Bay of Bengal to the South China Sea

By: Satish Chandra & Himanshu Prabha Ray (Eds)

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Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction: Beyond National Boundaries/Himanshu Prabha Ray. 2. Space, Movement and Place: The Sea Nomads/Cynthia Chou. 3. If Only Plants Could Talk. : Reconstructing Pre-Modern Biological Translocations in the Indian Ocean/Tom Hoogervorst. 4. The Pre-Modern East Asian Maritime Realm: An Overview of European-Language Studies/Geoff Wade. 5. The Vietnamese Coastline: A Maritime Cultural Landscape/Charlotte Minh Ha Pham. 6. Mariners, Merchants, Monks: Sri Lanka and the Eastern Seas/Somasiri Devendra. 7. The Rhythms of the Economy and navigation along the Ganga River/Murari Jha. 8. Telling the Story of History: Remembering the Historical Links between India and southeast Asia from the Eighth Century to the Present/Farish A. Noor. 9. Trade, Religion and Politics: Portuguese Activities in the Bay of Bengal, 1632-1840/Pius Malekandathil. 10. Voyages of 'Discovery': Mapping the Bay of Bengal/Himanshu Prabha Ray. 11. Indian Trade Textiles as a Thai Legacy/Prapassorn Posrithong. Index. The focus of the book is the wide stretch of water- and sea-ways connecting the coasts of Bengal and Sri Lanka to the coast of Vietnam. The authors address three broad issues through an interdisciplinary perspective. The first relates to boat-building traditions and the communities who traversed these waters. The challenge is to use the ethnographic present and mobility of the fishing and sailing groups for an understanding of the history of the sea and the extent to which knowledge of the waters was vital to the construction of identity of a maritime society. Linked to this movement across the waters, are the narratives of trans-locality inherent in memories of groups in the region. Long-distance pilgrimage and devotional networks have been consistent features of the cultural life of South and Southeast Asia. A third issue relates to European intervention, starting with the Portuguese and the Dutch. The engagement of the English East India Company with the countries of the Bay of Bengal was of a different order from that of its predecessors, as the Company sought to establish a maritime empire. The eighteenth century thus, raised a different set of issues with the colonization of large parts of South and Southeast Asia. Printed Pages: 300

Title: The Sea, Identity and History: From the Bay of Bengal to the South China Sea

Author Name: Satish Chandra & Himanshu Prabha Ray (Eds)

Categories: History, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors:

ISBN: 8173049866

ISBN 13: 9788173049866

Binding: Hardcover

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