“The importance of this field of studies has finally been recognized: the new Indian Ocean Studies Series…represents a strong move towards new studies on people with no voice, of new inter- and intra-disciplinary reconstructions and interpretations of a still under-researched area.”—Canadian Journal of African Studies
The Indian Ocean, once largely ignored by scholars, is now the focus of research that is transforming our understanding of this oceanic world’s past and present and its place in global history.
This series offers established and younger scholars from anthropology, archeology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology the opportunity to publish conceptually and methodologically innovative studies on topics such as human migration, cultural and religious diversity, trade and commerce, imperialism and colonialism, and globalization.
By encouraging interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to social, economic, political, and cultural interactions within and beyond the Indian Ocean, both in the past and the present, the series’ monographs and edited collections make significant contributions to our understanding about the nature and dynamics of regional and pan-regional change.
Inquiries about manuscript proposals should be directed to the series editor, Richard B. Allen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard B. Allen
This unprecedented study of nineteenth-century American merchant and whaling activity in the Indian Ocean shows how it shaped later US imperial incursions in the Pacific and Caribbean. Sailors’ journals and other primary sources reveal American influence on the period’s global commerce, illegal slaving, and environmental degradation.
Cargoes in Motion considers both the materiality and special trajectories of cargoes across the Indian Ocean world in order to better understand the processes of exchange and their economic, social, cultural, and political effects on the region.
Pearls, People, and Power is the first book to examine the trade, distribution, production, and consumption of pearls in the Indian Ocean over more than five centuries. Encompassing the geographical, cultural, and thematic diversity of Indian Ocean pearling, it deepens our appreciation of the historical dynamics of Indian Ocean worlds.
Connecting Continents addresses two issues: how to promote collaborative research, and how to shape the research agenda for a region only recently attracting serious interest from historical archaeologists exploring the dynamics of migration, colonization, and cultural syncretism central to understanding human experience in the Indian Ocean basin.
Between 1600 and 1800, the promise of fresh food attracted more than seven hundred English, French, and Dutch vessels to Madagascar. Throughout this period, European ships spent months at sea in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but until now scholars have not fully examined how crews were fed during these long voyages. Without sustenance from Madagascar, European traders would have struggled to transport silver to Asia and spices back to Europe.
A breakthrough study of the underexamined lived experience of Islam, sexuality, and gender on the Swahili coast.
Between 1500 and 1850, European traders shipped hundreds of thousands of African, Indian, Malagasy, and Southeast Asian slaves to ports throughout the Indian Ocean world. The activities of the British, Dutch, French, and Portuguese traders who operated in the Indian Ocean demonstrate that European slave trading was not confined largely to the Atlantic but must now be viewed as a truly global phenomenon.