Vanguards of Globalization: Port-cities from the Classical to the Modern

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Rila Mukherjee
Primus Books, 2014 - History - 425 pages
Vanguards of Globalization: Port-Cities from the Classical to the Modern looks at the historical evolution of port-cities from emporion to gateway and interrogates their nature over time. This volume studies specific port-cities such as Barbarikon, Chaul, Porto Novo, Madras, Nagasaki, and Sitangkai, and more generally the ports around the Erythraean Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic, Portuguese, Andhra, Bengal and Vietnamese coasts. In doing so, the contributors celebrate the hybridity and cosmopolitanism that port-cities offer and discuss the wider implications of cross-cultural competition, port-hinterland dynamics as well as themes, problems and textual evidence about port-cities and how they link to ports today.

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RILA MUKHERJEE is Professor of History, University of Hyderabad and presently Director, Institut de Chandernagor. She is the editor of Vanguards of Globalization: Port-Cities from the Classical to the Modern (2014), Oceans Connect: Reflections on Water Worlds Across Time and Space (2013), Pelagic Passageways: the Northern Bay of Bengal Before Colonialism (2011) and Networks in the First Global Age, 1400-1800 (2011). She is currently working on responses to natural hazards in history.

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