The period between 1500 and 1800 saw intense inter-imperial competition involving the Iberians, the Ottomans, the Mughals, the British and other actors. Rather than treat these imperial entities separately, Sanjay Subrahmanyam reads their archives and texts together to show unexpected connections. He proposes that these empires often borrowed from each other, or built their projects with the knowledge of other competing visions of empire. The emphasis on connections also helps the reader understand how a variety of genres of colonial and global historiography developed in the early modern world.
Permanent Black, 474 pages, Rs 995