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Empire in Asia: A New Global History

Reading Group


One major component of Empire in Asia: A New Global History is an active reading group, involving all project members. The project aims to reconsider the historical experience of empire in Asia, with particular reference to scholarship devoted to analyzing narratives, and systems, of world and global history. The major workshops the project will conduct are exercises in working through to a set of common questions and concerns that contributors can be asked to apply in their own particular study. Exploring the literature will thus help us lay a common intellectual foundation for conceptualizing our own question-driven approach to studying the historical experience of empire in Asia. We are less concerned with the field identified as "post-colonial" studies than with engaging global perspectives on what constituted an empire, and the evolution and operation of forms of supranational systems.

The reading list worked on in 2013 focused more closely on works analyzing Asian experiences, practices, concepts and consequences of modern empire and imperialism. The selection again ranges from standard to recent work, organized primarily by geographic regional distinctions. This list lead into our first workshop in November 2013, which can be examined by clicking on the Events link above.

C. Beckwith Empires of the Silk Road
N. Di Cosmo et al (eds.) The Cambridge History of Inner Asia: The Chinggisid Age 
W. Rowe      China’s Last Empire: The Great Qing
P. Perdue China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia       
J.D. Spence Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K’ang-Hsi
H. Islamoglu, P. Perdue (eds.) Shared Histories of Modernity: China, India and the Ottoman Empire
L. Balabanlilar   Imperial Identity in the Mughal Empire
M.Alam, S. Subramaniam (eds.)  Writing the Mughal World: Studies on Culture and Politics
P. Risso Merchants and Faith: Muslim Commerce and Culture in the Indian Ocean
K. Ward Networks of Empire: Forced Migration in the Dutch East India Company
Victor Lieberman       Strange Parallels: Volume 1, Integration on the Mainland: Southeast Asia in Global Context, c.800-1830
P.A. Lorge          The Asian Military Revolution: From Gunpowder to the Bomb