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The Worlds of the Indian Ocean

The Worlds of the Indian Ocean
A Global History

Volume 1. From the Fourth Millennium BCE to the Sixth Century CE

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  • Author: Philippe Beaujard, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108424561

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  • Europe's place in history is reassessed in this first comprehensive history of the ancient world, centering on the Indian Ocean and its role in pre-modern globalization. Philippe Beaujard presents an ambitious and comprehensive global history of the Indian Ocean world, from the earliest state formations to 1500 CE. Supported by a wealth of empirical data, full color maps, plates and figures, he shows how Asia and Africa dominated the economic and cultural landscape and the flow of ideas in the pre-modern world. This led to a trans-regional division of labor and an Afro-Eurasian world economy. Beaujard questions the origins of capitalism and hints at how this world-system may evolve in the future. The result is a reorienting of world history, taking the Indian Ocean, rather than Europe, as the point of departure. Volume 1 provides in-depth coverage of the period from the fourth century BCE to the sixth century CE.

    • Volume 1 has been thoroughly revised and updated by the author for the first English language edition, including a wide range of full color maps and plates
    • Offers a new model for the world-systems approach by examining the possibility that globalization processes existed in ancient world economies
    • Re-assesses Braudel's approach and Wallerstein's theory for regions outside of Europe prior to the sixteenth century
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    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108424561
    • dimensions: 279 x 216 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue: the geography of the Indian Ocean and the navigation
    Part I. The Ancient Routes of Trade and Cultural Exchanges and the First States (6th-2nd Millenia BC): Introduction
    1. The birth of the state
    2. Early Bronze Age I in Western Asia and in Egypt (ca. 3000–2700 BC)
    3. Early Bronze Age II (ca. 2700–1950 BC)
    4. The new spaces of the Middle Bronze Age in Asia and in Egypt (ca.2000–1750 BC) 
    5. The Late Bronze Age (ca. 1600-1100 BC), an Area Unified around the Eastern Mediterranean 
    6. East Asia. From Villages to States (Ca. 5000–1027 BC)
    7. The emergence of intermediary spaces
    Conclusion: Were there world-sytems during the Bronze Age?
    Part II. The Birth of the Afro-Eurasian World-System (1st Millennium BC-1st Century AD): Introduction
    8. The beginnings of the Iron Age
    9. The roads to the Orient
    10. India. The birth of a new core
    11. Southeast Asia, an interface between two oceans
    12. China. From kingdoms to unification
    13. Arabia. Maritime cultures and the rise of the caravan trade
    14. East Africa: the emergence of a pre-Swahili culture on the Azanian coast
    15. The Austronesian expansion and the first Malagasy cultures.

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    Philippe Beaujard, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
    Philippe Beaujard is the Emeritus Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Institut des Mondes Africains, Paris.

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