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Waves Across the South


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Sujit Sivasundaram was born and educated in Sri Lanka. He came to Cambridge in 1994 to study engineering and then natural sciences and history and philosophy of science. He has taught at LSE, EHESS in Paris, the University of Singapore, the University of Sydney, and the University of Cambridge. He is a world class historian specialising in world history, especially the Pacific and Indian oceans and their islands, the history of race, the history of the British Empire. Awards and Prizes: Philip Leverhulme Prize (for early-career contributions to research in the UK, 2012) Sackler Caird Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum Fellow and Councillor of the Royal Historical Society


A Waterstones History Book of the Year

'A breathtaking book. Takes the familiar story of the "age of revolutions" and turns it upside down, putting the voices, the hopes and the struggles of the seafaring peoples of the Indian and Pacific oceans at the heart of his account of how the modern world was forged ... Global history at its finest: eloquent, surprising, and deeply moving'

'Challenges our understanding of colonial history ... [The] outstanding volume takes us on a gripping journey across the globe ... [This] magisterial book brings to light a world history that has so far been cast aside by many world historians ... A master class in history writing'

'[There are] many fascinating stories in this rich and stimulating new history ... Turns conventional wisdom upside down, and invites us to follow the making of the modern world from the Pacific instead ... This is big history'

'Fascinating ... Brings to life the "surge of indigenous politics" that marked this era'

'Brilliantly reconstructs how empire was made through voyages across oceans ... An exemplar of historical writing'

'Follows little-known voyages across the southern oceans accomplished by multi-ethnic crews ... As Sivasundaram convincingly argues in the global South this revolutionary age was defined by the way indigenous peoples responded to Western invasion'

'The age of revolutions reconceived ... A subversion of established history, giving the perspectives of the colonised and with a cast of enjoyable characters'

'Confidently surfs a dynamic wave of scholarship ... To call this ambitious would be an understatement ... By recasting empire - especially the British empire - as the countervailing force in this turbulent arena, he brilliantly restores counter-revolution to its proper place in the Age of Revolutions'

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