VIRTUAL: IAS Book Launch - India and the Silk Roads: The History of a Trading World
15 March 2021, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
We are very pleased to launch 'India and the Silk Roads: The History of a Trading World' by Jagjeet Lally (UCL). The event will be chaired by Alexander Samson (UCL), with responses to the book from Majed Akhter (KCL), Zoltán Biedermann (UCL), Camille Cole (Cambridge), Margot Finn (UCL), and Aeron O'Connor (UCL).
This event is free.
Institute of Advanced Studies
India’s caravan trade with central Asia was at the heart of the complex web of routes making up the Silk Roads. But what was the fate of these overland connections in the ages of sail and steam? India and the Silk Roads sets out to answer this question by bringing the world of caravan trade to life—a world of merchants, mercenaries, pastoralists and pilgrims, but also of kings, bureaucrats and their subjects in the countryside and towns. It offers a global history of a continental interior, the first to comprehensively examine the textual and material traces of caravan trade in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, through the passing of the great Islamic empires and the rise of British and Russian imperialisms in Asia. Its narrative resonates with our own times, as China’s Belt and Road Initiative brings terrestrial forms of connectivity back to the fore—transforming life across Eurasia once again.
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Image: Open-air market outside the temple of Shah Ahmed, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Coloured lithograph by R. Carrick after Lieutenant James Rattray, c. 1847. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
About the Speaker
Dr Jagjeet Lally
Lecturer in the History of Early Modern and Modern India at UCLMore about Dr Jagjeet Lally