Waves Across the South

£12.99

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH ACADEMY BOOK PRIZE FOR GLOBAL CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN-HESSEL TILTMAN PRIZE 2021

LONGLISTED FOR THE CUNDILL HISTORY PRIZE 2021

ISBN: 9780007575572 Author: Sivasundaram, Sujit Publisher: William Collins Publication Date: 19th August 2021 Imprint: William Collins Cover: Paperback Dewey: 990 (edition:23) Pages: xx, 468 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , ,

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH ACADEMY BOOK PRIZE FOR GLOBAL CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN-HESSEL TILTMAN PRIZE 2021

LONGLISTED FOR THE CUNDILL HISTORY PRIZE 2021

‘Helps re-centre how we look at the world’ PETER FRANKOPAN

‘Global history at its finest’ SUNIL AMRITH

‘A master class’ OLIVETTE OTELE

‘Fascinating’ FINANCIAL TIMES

Starting from the ocean and from the forgotten histories of ocean-facing communities, this is a new history of the making of our world.

After revolutions in America and France, a wave of tumult coursed the globe from 1790 to 1850. It was a moment of unprecedented change and violence especially for indigenous peoples. By 1850 vibrant public debate between colonised communities had exploded in port cities. Yet in the midst of all of this, Britain struck out by sea and established its supremacy over the Indian and Pacific Oceans, overtaking the French and Dutch as well as other rivals.

Cambridge historian Sujit Sivasundaram brings together his work in far-flung archives across the world and the best new academic research in this remarkably creative book. Too often, history is told from the northern hemisphere, with modernity, knowledge, selfhood and politics moving from Europe to influence the rest of the world. This book traces the origins of our times from the perspective of indigenous and non-European people in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

This is a compulsive story full of cultural depth and range, a world history that speaks to urgent concerns today. The book weaves a bracingly fresh account of the origins of the British empire.

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