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VIRTUAL: IAS Book Launch - India and the Silk Roads: The History of a Trading World

15 March 2021, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Open-air Market Outside the Temple of Shah Ahmed Kandahar Afghanistan

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).

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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.

This book is published by Hurst. Please find the book's flyer and a discount code here.

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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 UCL

More about Dr Jagjeet Lally