This series explores the interconnections and interactions of environment, commerce, culture and society in the Indian Ocean World (IOW): a sophisticated and durable system of exchange, embracing the East African coast, the Persian Gulf, India, Southeast Asia and the South China Sea, and evolving over a period that spans from the early centuries CE to the twentieth century. Drawing on history, archaeology, ethnography and the environmental sciences, each volume contributes to an emerging perspective on the longue durée of IOW history. The volumes highlight the ways in which the influence of socially-regulated processes of circulation, human-environment interaction, the cultural history of the material world, and responses to environmental change have shaped the cross-cultural exchange of peoples, commodities, technologies, ideas and ecologies across time. As a collaborative project that unifies several branches of knowledge and reaches across disciplinary boundaries, the series responds to a compelling need to understand how people and communities in the IOW responded to economic and environmental changes in a geopolitical area that is of major significance to the world of today. This series is a joint initiative of the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, and the Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University.
James Francis Warren is Professor of Southeast Asian Modern History at Murdoch University. He has held teaching and research positions at the Australian National University, Yale University, McGill University, National University of Singapore, and Kyoto University. His current research focuses on slavery and the creation of trans-cultural identities and aspects of the environmental history of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean World. James Warren’s more recent publications include The Sulu Zone, the World Capitalist Economy and the Historical Imagination (1998) and Pirates, Prostitutes and Pullers Explorations in the Ethno—and Social History of Southeast Asia (2008). In 2003, he was awarded the Centenary Medal of Australia for services to Australian society and the humanities in the study of ethnohistory.