South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

"The Evolution of the City of Bombay"

Fri, October 12, 2012 | Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Tom Lea Rooms 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

A talk by Philip Stern
Duke University

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Tom Lea Rooms 2.306
Friday October 12, 2012

The entangled political and intellectual history of the British Empire in India can be traced to the Anglo-Portuguese conflict over the late seventeenth-century transfer of the colony of Bombay.  At stake are definitions of natural and self-evident geographical phenomena: rivers, bays, islands, even the definition of Bombay itself.  These controversies reflect the relationship between geography and law in the history of colonialism as well as the British sovereignty and government in Asia.  British rule was intertwined with rival understandings of local history and geography, the growth of towns and cities, regional politics, and international law.

Philip Stern is Assistant Professor of History at Duke University.  An historian of the early modern British Empire, he holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.  His publications include The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India (Oxford University Press 2011), which was awarded the American Historical Association’s Morris D. Forkosch Prize for best book in British history in 2011.

Sponsored by: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

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