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Journal Cover Asian Review of World Histories
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   ISSN (Print) 2287-965X - ISSN (Online) 2287-9811
   Published by Brill Academic Publishers Homepage  [227 journals]
  • Preliminary Material
    • Authors: Editors Asian Review of World Histories
      Abstract: Source: Volume 5, Issue 1, pp i - ii
      PubDate: 2017-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • Ports and Littoral Societies: A Tribute to Michael Naylor Pearson
    • Authors: Radhika Seshan
      First page: 1
      Abstract: Source: Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 1 - 7
      PubDate: 2017-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • Revisiting Michael Pearson’s Indian Ocean Littoral
    • Authors: Rila Mukherjee
      First page: 9
      Abstract: Source: Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 9 - 30This essay rethinks Pearson’s formulation of littoral society in two essays he wrote in 1985 and 2006. While the first made a case for coastal history, the second continued the theme into the littoral, the strip between land and sea. Pearson foregrounded the universality of a clearly discernible littoral culture on coastlines along and across the Indian Ocean. This translated consequently into a shared history and a common heritage across the ocean’s diverse shores. At a time when maritime historians were writing what were essentially land-based histories on ocean spaces, Pearson’s social history of the littoral over a longue duree was a significant intervention.
      PubDate: 2017-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • Maritime Trade and Societal Transitions in the Western Indonesian
    • Authors: Kenneth R. Hall
      First page: 31
      Abstract: Source: Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 31 - 69This study is the substantial update to a journal article published in 1981, focal on the first northeast Sumatra fourteenth- and fifteenthcentury Islamic Sultanate Samudra-Pasai port-of-trade. In doing so the study represents the significant transitions in Indian Ocean history that were substantially influenced by Michael Pearson’s scholarship. Samudra-Pasai was a notable eastern Indian Ocean fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Straits of Melaka international maritime stopover that competed against the west-central Malay Peninsula-based Melaka emporium for regional commercial prominence prior to Portuguese seizure of Melaka in 1511. Past histories are based on the several surviving contemporary maritime sojourner accounts, Chinese dynastic records, and the local sixteenth-century Hikayat Raja-Raja Pasai dynastic chronicle. Recent anthropological surveys of the Sumatra upstream pair with new archaeological recoveries, which include dated Arabic script inscribed dynastic tombstones, to mandate a re-evaluation of upstream downstream networking that was the basis of Samudra- Pasai’s over two-century sovereignty. This study moves beyond initially innovative 1970s conceptions of early Straits of Melaka upstreamdownstream networking in its incorporation of Michael Pearson’s adaptive characterizations of Indian Ocean port-of-trade coastline littorals, and introduces the importance of newly focal offshore communities as these are now prominent in the most recent Indian Ocean scholarship.
      PubDate: 2017-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • The Vietnam Central Coastline and the Emergent Nguyễn State, c.
           1500-1700: Port, Coastline, Hinterland Interrelations
    • Authors: Ilicia J. Sprey
      First page: 69
      Abstract: Source: Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 69 - 113This study, building upon earlier works published from 2011 to the present, focuses on sixteenth through eighteenth century Cochinchina’s upstream-downstream networked relations and how they contributed to the re-development of the region’s economy and consequently its political and social development, with particular emphasis on its coastal ports and related trade under the Nguyễn. These relations revolve around tightly connected interactions among diverse groups including long-term resident diasporic Fujian merchant communities, newly introduced Chan Buddhist monks, maritime-based Chinese pro-Ming piratical syndicates, local Cham raiding cohorts, and the alien Nguyễn clan who in 1600 claimed political authority over the Vietnamese littoral’s central coastal region (Trung Bộ) and extended central lands (Miền Trung). The partnerships the Nguyễn established with each of these groups (merchants, monks, pirates, upstream and downstream multiethnic communities) enabled the major ports of Đà Năng, and particularly, of Hội An, to thrive and produce the income needed to support both the Nguyễn bureaucracy and its military conquest of the southern third of the littoral. Over the course of the seventeenth and into the eighteenth centuries, the Nguyễn co-opted the cultural, spiritual, and maritime-based power and influence exercised by each of each these groups in an initial effort to fulfill its dynastic ambitions that remained unfulfilled until 1802. This work moves beyond other regional studies by using the approach proposed in Michael Pearson’s writings regarding the Indian Ocean ports-of-trade littoral and extending them eastward, to the further edges of the Indian Ocean borderless world, and applying them to the complex interactions of the Vietnamese littoral populations-coastal urban and hinterland - as they contributed to the development of the central Vietnamese littoral’s ports-of-trade and of Nguyễn authority and power in this era.
      PubDate: 2017-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • Interactions Between the Local and the Global: Brokers and go-betweens
           within the Portuguese (1500 - 1700)
    • Authors: Amelia Polonia
      First page: 113
      Abstract: Source: Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 113 - 140It is commonplace to locate the First Global Age in the period between 1500 and 1800 and present the European Overseas Expansion as one of the main levers of this process. However, interactions occurred locally and many localities were involved in the process. Recent and not so-recent historiography has stressed how cross-cultural and cross-imperial relations as well as cooperation and self-organization mechanisms have to be taken into consideration in order to understand the dynamics and the outputs arising from such a globalization process. This paper argues that the achievements required for the building of a global world depended to a great extent on agents of mediation, operating as formal and informal brokers and go-betweens. Following the fruitful path opened long ago by Michael Pearson, this contribution will develop an empirical analysis of the performance of such agents, within the Portuguese State of India, in the domains of economy, society and knowledge transfer.
      PubDate: 2017-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • Localising Global Faiths The Heterodox Pantheon of the Sundarbans
    • Authors: Shatarupa Bhattacharyya
      First page: 141
      Abstract: Source: Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 141 - 157This essay foregrounds the Sundarbans, a littoral zone in India that moves between sea and land and is a site of global history. It studies the pantheon of divinities, especially Bonbibi (Lady of the Forest), a mythical figure of Muslim origin. Such deities are worshipped by both Hindus and Muslims exclusively in the Sundarbans (Beautiful Forest) that straddles the state of West Bengal (India) and the nation-state of Bangladesh. It demonstrates how the Sundarbans, during Islamisation in the medieval era actively adapted, as against passively adopting, the global faith of Islam to suit the local needs of the people there. The result was a religious worldview that was not quite Islamic, but not quite Hindu either, but rather a singular faith system unique to the region and suited to meet the needs of the people there. And because this faith system does not conform to the orthodox beliefs of either Hinduism or Islam, it can accurately be described as a heterodox pantheon.
      PubDate: 2017-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • Global Anti-Vice Activism, 1890-1950: Fighting Drinks, Drugs, and
    • Authors: Jessica R. Pliley; Robert Kramm Harald Fischertiné
      First page: 167
      Abstract: Source: Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 167 - 170
      PubDate: 2017-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • Korean History in Maps: From Prehistory to the Twenty-First Century
    • Authors: Michael D. Shin; Lee Injae, Owen Miller, Park Jinhoon Yi Hyun-Jae
      First page: 171
      Abstract: Source: Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 171 - 173
      PubDate: 2017-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • Transnational Japan as History: Empire, Migration, and Social Movements
    • Authors: Pedro Iacobelli; Danton Leary Shinnosuke Takahashi
      First page: 175
      Abstract: Source: Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 175 - 178
      PubDate: 2017-06-29T00:00:00Z
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