This volume features the research of international scholars, whose work addresses the representative history of small cities and urban networking in various parts of the Indian Ocean world in an era of change, allowing them the opportunity to compare approaches, methods, and sources in the hopes of discovering common features as well as notable differences.
Kenneth R. Hall is professor of history at Ball State University.
Introduction Chapter 1. Autonomy and Subordination: The Cultural Dynamics of Small Cities Chapter 2. Suakin: A Port City of the Early Modern Sudan Chapter 3. India from Aden: Khutba and Muslim Urban Networks in Late Thirteenth-Century India Chapter 4. At the Intersection of Empire and World Trade: The Chinese Port City of Quanzhou (Zaitun), Eleventh-Fifteenth Centuries Chapter 5. Clearing the Fields and Strengthening the Walls: Defending Small Cities in Late Ming China Chapter 6. Secondary Capitals of Dai Viet: Shifting Elite Power Bases Chapter 7. Coastal Cities in an Age of Transition: Upstream-Downstream Networking and Societal Development in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Maritime Southeast Asia Chapter 8. Missionary Buddhism in a Post-Ancient World: Monks, Merchants, and Colonial Expansion in Seventeenth-Century Cochinchina (Vietnam) Chapter 9. Religious Networking and Upstream Buddhist Wall Paintings in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Burma Chapter 10. The Ottoman Balkan City: The Periphery as Center in Punitive Spectacle Chapter 11. A Tale of Three Cities: Burhanpur from 1400 to 1800 Chapter 12. Urban Primacy and Urban Hierarchy: Four Examples from Southern India, c. 1000-1800