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The City and the Wilderness

by Arash Khazeni

Part of the California World History Library Series

The City and the Wilderness Synopsis

The City and the Wilderness recounts the journeys and micro-histories of Indo-Persian travelers across the Indian Ocean and their encounters with the Burmese Kingdom and its littoral at the turn of the nineteenth century. As Mughal sovereignty waned under British colonial rule, Indo-Persian travelers and intermediaries linked to the East India Company explored and surveyed the Burmese Empire, inscribing it as a forest landscape and Buddhist kingdom at the crossroads of South and Southeast Asia. Based on colonial Persian travel books and narratives in which Indo-Persian knowledge and perceptions of the wondrous edges of the Indian Ocean merged with Orientalist pursuits, The City and the Wilderness uncovers fading histories of inter-Asian crossings and exchanges at the ends of the Mughal world.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780520289680
Publication date: 2nd June 2020
Author: Arash Khazeni
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 268 pages
Categories: Asian history, General & world history,

About Arash Khazeni

Arash Khazeni is Associate Professor of History at Pomona College and the author of Sky Blue Stone: The Turquoise Trade in World History.

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