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Small Island, Large Ocean
Mauritius and the Indian Ocean World

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ISBN 9781032498263
May 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
262 Pages

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Book Description

This book is about a ‘Small Island’, namely Mauritius in the southwestern Indian Ocean. It is also about a ‘Large Ocean’, the Indian Ocean world—its peoples, histories and cultures. It casts light on the life of an island through what is known not only about the island itself, but also through what is known about the wider Indian Ocean world. It is also about the Indian Ocean world in that it focuses on an island, which, in many senses and dimensions, is not only a model of, but in some respects also a model for wider developments and features of relevance to the Indian Ocean world as a whole.

Taylor and Francis does not sell or distribute the print editions of this book in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Table of Contents

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1. Small Island, Large Ocean: An Introduction

2. ‘Islandness’: The World of Indian Ocean Islands

3. ‘Not the Greatest Villains’: Piracy in the Southwestern Indian Ocean (c. 1680-1750)

4. Infections on the Move: Epidemic Diseases in the History of Mauritius and Beyond

5. ‘Little India’ or ‘Creole Society’? Demography, Contested Identities and Heritage Politics in Contemporary Mauritius

6. Dead as a Dodo? Mauritius’s Path as Hub from Port of Call to Cyber Island

7. Paradise Island? Tourism and Life on Mauritian Beaches

8. ‘Something New in the Present’: The Politics of Cultural Heritage in Postcolonial Mauritius

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Burkhard Schnepel is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at the Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany. His main theoretical and thematic interests are political rituals in India, especially in Orissa, and the history of the Indian Ocean world, especially Mauritius.