Sujit Sivasundaram was born and educated in Sri Lanka. He came to Cambridge in 1994 to study engineering and then natural sciences and history and philosophy of science. He has taught at LSE, EHESS in Paris, the University of Singapore, the University of Sydney, and the University of Cambridge. He is a world class historian specialising in world history, especially the Pacific and Indian oceans and their islands, the history of race, the history of the British Empire. Awards and Prizes: Philip Leverhulme Prize (for early-career contributions to research in the UK, 2012) Sackler Caird Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum Fellow and Councillor of the Royal Historical Society
A Waterstones History Book of the Year
'A breathtaking book. Takes the familiar story of the "age of
revolutions" and turns it upside down, putting the voices, the
hopes and the struggles of the seafaring peoples of the Indian and
Pacific oceans at the heart of his account of how the modern world
was forged ... Global history at its finest: eloquent, surprising,
and deeply moving'
'Challenges our understanding of colonial history ... [The]
outstanding volume takes us on a gripping journey across the globe
... [This] magisterial book brings to light a world history that
has so far been cast aside by many world historians ... A master
class in history writing'
'[There are] many fascinating stories in this rich and
stimulating new history ... Turns conventional wisdom upside down,
and invites us to follow the making of the modern world from the
Pacific instead ... This is big history'
'Fascinating ... Brings to life the "surge of indigenous
politics" that marked this era'
'Brilliantly reconstructs how empire was made through voyages
across oceans ... An exemplar of historical writing'
BBC HISTORY MAG
'Follows little-known voyages across the southern oceans
accomplished by multi-ethnic crews ... As Sivasundaram convincingly
argues in the global South this revolutionary age was defined by
the way indigenous peoples responded to Western invasion'
'The age of revolutions reconceived ... A subversion of
established history, giving the perspectives of the colonised and
with a cast of enjoyable characters'
'Confidently surfs a dynamic wave of scholarship ... To call
this ambitious would be an understatement ... By recasting empire -
especially the British empire - as the countervailing force in this
turbulent arena, he brilliantly restores counter-revolution to its
proper place in the Age of Revolutions'