Prasenjit Duara

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Page Range

pp. 85-100

Print Length

15 pages

7. Fluid Histories

Oceans as Metaphor and the Nature of History

  • Prasenjit Duara (author)
Human history, including the study of history (i.e., historiography), overlaps with natural history, yet these histories do not operate at the same scales. The fragmentation of those histories contributes to ethical and political failures to address environmental issues. Providing an antidote to this fragmentation, this chapter thinks with the circulating waters of oceans to articulate the complex confluence of human and natural histories, with particular reference to Asian contexts.


Prasenjit Duara