By Sunil S. Amrith
The Indian Ocean used to be worldwide lengthy earlier than the Atlantic, and this day the nations bordering the Bay of Bengal―India, Bangladesh, Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Malaysia―are domestic to 1 in 4 humans on the earth. Crossing the Bay of Bengal areas this zone on the center of worldwide historical past for the 1st time. Integrating human and environmental historical past, and mining a wealth of assets, Sunil Amrith supplies a revelatory and stirring new account of the Bay and people who have inhabited it.
For centuries the Bay of Bengal served as a maritime street among India and China, after which as a battleground for eu empires, all whereas being formed by way of the monsoons and through human migration. Imperial powers within the 19th century, abetted through the strength of capital and the facility of steam, reconfigured the Bay of their quest for espresso, rice, and rubber. hundreds of thousands of Indian migrants crossed the ocean, certain via debt or spurred by way of drought, and choked with ambition. Booming port towns like Singapore and Penang turned the main culturally varied societies in their time. by way of the Nineteen Thirties, even if, monetary, political, and environmental pressures started to erode the Bay’s centuries-old styles of interconnection.
Today, emerging waters go away the Bay of Bengal’s shorelines in particular liable to weather switch, even as that its place makes it crucial to struggles over Asia’s destiny. Amrith’s evocative and compelling narrative of the region’s pasts bargains insights severe to realizing and confronting the numerous demanding situations dealing with Asia within the a long time ahead.