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For centuries the bay of bengal served as a maritime highway between india and china and as a battleground for european empires while being shaped by monsoons and human migration integrating environmental history and mining a wealth of sources sunil s amrith offers insights to the many challenges facing asia in the decades ahead. Sunil amriths gorgeously written monograph attempts to weave together two very different historical narratives the first based largely on original research. Sunil s amriths crossing the bay of bengal the furies of nature and the fortunes of migrants is a valuable addition to the growing literature on the history of the indian ocean this book is a rich compendium of the lives peoples cultures and ideas that mark the bay of bengals contours it undertakes a complex task of weaving together histories of eastern coastal india burma and . Crossing the bay of bengal the furies of nature and the fortunes of migrants amrith sunil s 9780674287242 books amazonca. Crossing the bay of bengal places this region at the heart of world history for the first time integrating human and environmental history and mining a wealth of sour the indian ocean was global long before the atlantic and today the countries bordering the bay of bengal india bangladesh burma sri lanka thailand and malaysia are home to one in four people on earth