1st Edition

India in the World 1500 to the Present

Edited By Rajeshwari Dutt, Nico Slate Copyright 2024
    226 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    If we look back at world history in the past five hundred years, it is evident that Indian ideas, peoples, and goods helped drive world connections. From the quest to reach the Indies that drove Iberian rulers to fund costly expeditions that ultimately connected the Old World with the Americas to Gandhi’s creed of non-violence that created transnational resistance movements, India has been crucial to world history.

    In what ways have the movement of goods, people, and ideas from India served to connect the world? Conversely, how has India’s global history shaped the many boundaries and inequalities that have divided the world despite—and at times because of—the transnational connections often lumped together under the aegis of globalization? Through its emphasis on both linkages and boundaries, India in the World examines the range of connections between India and the world in a truly global perspective.


    Part 1: Movement of Peoples, Things, and Ideas

    1. Servile labor in India in a global context, 1500-1900
    Titas Chakraborty

    2. Woven, Mined, Milled, and Packed: The Global Destinies of Indian Commodities, 1500-2023
    Ben Siegel

    3. The News of 1857: The Indian Uprising and Belize during Yucatán’s Caste War
    Rajeshwari Dutt

    Part 2: State Repression and Transnational Resistance

    4. Would You Deprive Him of Toddy?’: Singapore’s English-language Press, and the Racialization of Alcohol Consumption by Indians, 1900-1960
    Alexandra Sundarsingh

    5. Conspiracy in Meerut: A Global History of Colonial India, 1929-1933
    Michele Louro

    6. Nonviolence and Nonalignment: Indian Foreign Policy and the American Civil Rights Movement, 1936-1964
    Nico Slate

    Part 3: Decolonization and Afro-Asian Solidarities

    7. Mohandas the Man, Mahatma the Legend: Gandhian Legacies Outside the Subcontinent
    Trishula Patel

    8. To the Students: Education for Nonviolence in the World
    David Busch

    9. A Bombay Periodical, Indian Non-Alignment & Afro-Asian Internationalism
    Swapna Kona Nayudu


    Rajeshwari Dutt is Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi. Her research examines race in Latin American and British Imperial history. Her latest book is Empire on Edge: The British Struggle for Order in Belize during Yucatán’s Caste War, 18471901 (2020).

    Nico Slate is Professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University. His research examines struggles against racism and imperialism in the United States and India. His most recent book is Brothers: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Race (2023).