By Sugata Bose
On December 26, 2004, titanic tsunami waves destroyed groups round the Indian Ocean, from Indonesia to Kenya. past the bad loss of life toll, this wall of water introduced a telling reminder of the interconnectedness of the various international locations at the ocean rim, and the insignificance of nationwide obstacles. 100 Horizons takes us to those seashores, in a super reinterpretation of ways tradition constructed and background used to be made on the peak of the British raj. among 1850 and 1950, the Indian Ocean teemed with humans, commodities, and concepts: pilgrims and armies, trade and exertions, the politics of Mahatma Gandhi and the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore have been all associated in magnificent methods. Sugata Bose reveals in those complex social and financial webs proof of the interdependence of the peoples of the lands past the horizon, from the center East to East Africa to Southeast Asia. In following this narrative, we find that our traditional methods of history--through the lens of nationalism or globalization--are no longer enough. The nationwide perfect didn't easily cave in to inevitable globalization within the overdue 20th century, as is frequently meant; Bose finds in its place the important significance of an intermediate historic house, the place interregional geographic entities just like the Indian Ocean rim foster nationalist identities and objectives but at the same time facilitate interplay between groups. 100 Horizons merges data and fantasy, background and poetry, in a impressive reconstruction of the way a region's tradition, financial system, politics, and mind's eye are woven jointly in time and position. (20060721)
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