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Imagined Geographies – The Maritime Silk Roads in World History, 100-1800 - Hong Kong Scholarship Online
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Imagined Geographies: The Maritime Silk Roads in World History, 100-1800

Geoffrey C. Gunn


A study of the history and geography of the pre-1800 world such as it touches the vast space linking the eastern Mediterranean with the Indian Ocean littoral, the Southeast Asian world, and the coast of China and Japan, this book argues that different regions astride the maritime silk roads were not merely interconnected waterways, but also “imagined geographies.” In turn five such geographic imaginaries are examined, specifically Indian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and European including an imagined Great South Land. Drawing upon an array of marine and other archaeological examples, the book o ... More

Keywords: maritime silkroads, world regional history, geographic imaginaries, imagined history, Indian Ocean circuits, Southeast Asia circuits, China Sea circuits, marine archaeology, Indianization, Sinicization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9789888528653
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey C. Gunn, author
Nagasaki University