By Sugata Bose
On December 26, 2004, large tsunami waves destroyed groups round the Indian Ocean, from Indonesia to Kenya. past the awful dying toll, this wall of water introduced a telling reminder of the interconnectedness of the numerous nations at the ocean rim, and the insignificance of nationwide barriers. A Hundred Horizons takes us to those seashores, in an excellent reinterpretation of the way tradition constructed and background was once made on the peak of the British raj.
Between 1850 and 1950, the Indian Ocean teemed with humans, commodities, and concepts: pilgrims and armies, trade and hard work, the politics of Mahatma Gandhi and the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore have been all associated in striking methods. Sugata Bose reveals in those elaborate social and monetary webs proof of the interdependence of the peoples of the lands past the horizon, from the center East to East Africa to Southeast Asia.
In following this narrative, we find that our ordinary methods of taking a look at history--through the lens of nationalism or globalization--are no longer enough. The nationwide perfect didn't easily cave in to inevitable globalization within the past due 20th century, as is frequently meant; Bose unearths in its place the very important value of an intermediate ancient house, the place interregional geographic entities just like the Indian Ocean rim foster nationalist identities and ambitions but concurrently facilitate interplay between communities.
A Hundred Horizons merges facts and fantasy, historical past and poetry, in a impressive reconstruction of the way a region's tradition, economic climate, politics, and mind's eye are woven jointly in time and place.