South Asia Unbound

New International Histories of the Subcontinent

Editor: Berenice Guyot-Rechard and Elisabeth Leake

About this book

Whose international matters, and why? How are geographic regions constructed? What are the channels of engagement between a place, its people, its institutions, and the world? How do we understand the non-West’s influence in contemporary global interactions? From humanitarianism and activism to diplomacy and institutional networks, South Asia has been a crucial place for the elaboration of international politics, even before the twentieth century. South Asia Unbound gathers an interdisciplinary group of scholars from across the world to investigate South Asian global engagement at the local, regional, national, and supra-national levels, spanning the time before and after independence. Only by understanding its past entanglements with the world can we understand South Asia’s increasing global importance today.

Bérénice Guyot-Réchard is an associate professor of international history at King’s College London and the founder of NIHSA, the New International Histories of South Asia network.

Elisabeth Leake is an associate professor of history and the Lee E. Dirks Chair in Diplomatic History at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She is a co-organizer of the NIHSA network.

Format: Hardback

Pages: 324

Illustrated: Black and White

ISBN Print: 9789087284091

ISBN ePDF: 9789400604544

Published: 13 April 2023

Language: English


  • Manu Bhagavan, author of The Peacemakers: India and the Quest for One World

    This collection of essays is about expanding horizons--about seeing beyond the limits of self, community, nation, and region, and of the very vocabularies we employ to think through these concepts. In its analyses of migrants and refugees, of passports and citizenship, of imagined progressive spaces and literary realms, South Asia Unbound pushes us to rethink many geographical and territorial assumptions, and then to unravel the many mysterious contradictions of the international as well. Sweeping in its scope yet meticulous in its detail, this is a book that marks a new beginning in the study of South Asia and the world.

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