The Department of History has nine permanent members of staff and three research fellows, whose expertise ranges across East, South, Southeast and West Asia.
In addition to examining the impact of empires in Asia and of Asian cultures on Europe, our work also challenges Eurocentric approaches to the study of the past. Our collective strengths lie in the fields of cultural, social, political, environmental and medical history, and we are united by a concern with the material, cultural and political engagement of Asian people and polities with modernity. As such, our work makes contributions to area studies, and to debates about the causes and consequences of globalization.
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Our work uses archival, textual and oral sources in West European and Asian languages, including Bengali, Bhojpuri, Chinese (modern and classical), Hindi, Japanese (modern and classical), Konkani, Marathi, Persian, Portuguese, Sinhalese, and Tamil.