Friday, 9 November 2012

Atlas historique de l'Inde

I am pleased to announce that Arundhati Virmani's historical atlas of India will shortly be published.

Atlas Historique de l'Inde, (Paris, Autrement, 2012),  ISBN: 9782746715400, publication date: 13th November 2012, price: 19€

Arundhati writes: "Violent polemics in the last decades have made Indian national history a crucial field for debating political trajectories for future development. This Historical Atlas presents some of the major developments of this past: spatial organizations since the 6th century B.C. to the 21st century: commercial links from the Mediterranean world to China, the widespread circulation of religious and cultural movements, the development of a major pole in the Muslim world, the transformation of old territorial and social equilibriums under colonisation and the unification of a political and cultural territory after independence.

The maps combine a large perspective of the subcontinent with zooms into particular regions. The Atlas presents recent historical knowledge and research on these questions and treats this history from the perspective of space, territory and the long construction of a territory."

An exhibition presenting maps from this Atlas will be held in the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of  Cambridge, 5th-20th February 2013.  Entitled "Mapping Indian History", the maps will be displayed in the South Asian Studies Library, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT, U.K.

Arundhati Virmani is the author of "A National Flag for India. Rituals, Nationalism and the Politics of Sentiment" Ranikhet: Permanent Black, 2008. 9788178242323. She teaches at the École des Hautes  Études en Sciences Sociales, Marseille.

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