Sujit Sivasundaram on the Age of Revolutions in the Indian and Pacific Oceans

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Welcome to the seventeenth episode of the Global History Podcast.

Today, we’d like to welcome back to the podcast Sujit Sivasundaram, Professor of World History at the University of Cambridge, Fellow and College Lecturer in History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and Director of the Cambridge Centre of South Asian Studies.

Professor Sivasundaram teaches and publishes widely on world history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially the history of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and their islands, the history of race, global histories of science, and the history of the British Empire, c. 1780-1840.

His previous works include Nature and the Godly Empire: Science and Evangelical Mission in the Pacific, 1795-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2005), Islanded: Britain, Sri Lanka and the Bounds of an Indian Ocean Colony (University of Chicago Press, 2013), and most recently, Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire (William Collins, 2020).

This February, Chase spoke with Professor Sivasundaram over skype about his new book, Waves Across the South, discussing the age of revolutions in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Listen on to find out more. 

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