January 31, 2024 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. ET / 4 to 5:30 p.m. PT

Cambridge Professor of World History Sujit Sivasundaram radically changed our understanding of the Age of Revolutions with his award-winning book Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire. In this presentation, he will introduce the 18th and 19th century uprisings and struggles of the Indian and Pacific Ocean—revolutionary stories from Tonga, Aotearoa/New Zealand, from Sri Lanka; and Java. You will view the Age of Revolutions from the perspective of ocean-facing peoples as they faced this transformative moment of history. In the process, you’ll see how indigenous people and people of color used revolt, association and agency against the Imperialism taking root in these islands and seas. The session will have plenty of time for discussion of how to integrate this perspective into teaching the Age of Revolutions at school.


(Psst! We'll also be giving away five free copies of Dr. Sivasundaram's book Waves Across the South to randomly selected attendees!)

About the Presenter

Dr. Sujit Sivasundaram is Professor of World History at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow and Director of Studies at Gonville and Caius College. He is the author of a number of volumes on history, including Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire (London: HarperCollins, 2020) which won the British Academy Prize for Global Cultural Understanding 2021 and the Bentley Book Prize for World History.

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