Section Information for Fall 2010This course introduces the history of the Indian Ocean region in the modern period. In the tradition of Ferdinand Braudel’s scholarship on the Mediterranean Sea and others’ more recent work on the Atlantic World, the course examines linkages between coastal society, oceanic travel, and inland empires of the Indian Ocean World. Course readings will strike a balance between larger trans-Indian Ocean trends and local histories focusing on both the broad sweep of world history and sub regional historiographies in Africa, Arabia, and South Asia. Topics will include port cities and hinterlands; trade Diasporas, Islam, slavery, migration, and eras of globalization.
Analysis of selected problems in African history. Emphasis on reading and discussion of historical interpretations and development of bibliography.
May be repeated for credit when topic is different.