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Land or Sea? Alternative routes to colonialism in Asia and Africa
Speaker: Tirthankar Roy (London School of Economics)
Organisers: Giorgio Riello (EUI), Michael O'Sullivan (EUI)
Format: Hybrid (Sala del Consiglio, Villa Salviati - Via Bolognese 156 Florence Itay, and via Zoom)
The talk confronts an anomaly in the history of European colonialism in Asia and Africa, namely that prior to the eighteenth century, European power was negligible compared to interior states. Typically, historians of colonialism stress either the pursuit of political opportunism or the combatting of political threats to explain how European seaborne power became terrestrial. Drawing on examples from South and Southeast Asia, this talk instead asks whether the control of the sea sustained campaigns inland. Evidence suggests three locational advantages were prerequisites: a stable supply of food and water, relatively easy transportation access into the interior, and agglomeration prospects.
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This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme under the ERC grant agreement No 101054345
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