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Transregional Trade and TradersSituating Gujarat in the Indian Ocean from Early Times to 1900$
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Edward A. Alpers and Chhaya Goswami

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199490684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199490684.001.0001

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Gujarat in the History of the Indian Ocean

Gujarat in the History of the Indian Ocean

Navigating Maritime Pasts

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(p.52) 2 Gujarat in the History of the Indian Ocean
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Transregional Trade and Traders
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Lakshmi Subramanian

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199490684.003.0003

This chapter takes a stock taking exercise of the history writing on Gujarat and Indian maritime history over the last five decades. It identifies the major shifts and emphases that mark the nature of historical knowledge. What these hold for the discipline of history in general and how these inflect the case study of Gujarat in particular are examined. The intention of such a stock taking exercise is also to consider the importance of recovering and reading new and local archives and of incorporating new methods into standard historical work. The author also explores the most significant shifts that have emerged in the recent historiography of the Indian Ocean and of maritime Gujarat: study of law and piracy and Muslim seafaring and sailing practices in the western Indian Ocean.

Keywords:   Maritime Historiography, historical knowledge, new and local archives, recent approaches and historical writings

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