This volume on maritime history of the Indian Ocean shifts the focus from the European links of the Indian Ocean region to the Asian and African connections of maritime communities. It emphasizes the landscape of the sea and the multiplicity of communities that traversed it from Africa to the Indonesian archipelago.
Readership: This book will interest scholars and researchers of colonial and postcolonial South Asia particularly those connected with maritime history, strategic studies, oceanic trade, and Indian Ocean.
Himanshu Prabha Ray, Associate Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Edward A. Alpers
"An important contribution to a growing literature of the Indian Ocean world...It takes a particular and ultimately rewarding approach, arguing that this unique maritime world cannot be defined simply by geography or environment, but through the complex relationship and interaction of both with maritime communities." - Clare Anderson, Reviews in History
"...extremely informative...The book is well conceived and well editied" - Christer Westerdahl, Nautical Archaeology