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River of Smoke: Assessing the costs and gains of Globalization

Dr. Mukesh Kumar Pareek
Online First: May 01, 2018
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Abstract

Any good historical novel should teach the reader some history as well as sweeping him or her along with on unfolding narrative. Amitav Ghosh’s novel River of Smoke has reminded us that globalization is not a discovery of our own times. He has taught us elsewhere, for instance, about links between the medieval merchants of the Nile and India and about the Burmese timber trade. This paper tries to unfold the reactions of globalization. There are more losses than gains. Nationhead is a porous and imaginary construct. Profit from commerce has gulped indigenous identities and the result is a medley of personas.  Globalization results into sensitization of the new migrants and immigrants. This paper reads this humanizing effect of globalization on the world.

Keyword : Identity, Globalization, Nationstate, cosmopolitanism

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• Abu-Lughod, Janet. Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350. New York: Oxford UP. 1989. Print.
• Alford, Robert. “Interview with Amitav Ghosh, ‘A Seafaring Tale of Globalization Anchored in the 19th Century.’” Real Change News, 26 Oct. 2011. Web. 28 Nov. 2012.
• Allingham, Philip V. “England and China: The Opium Trade 1839- 60.” Victorianweb. 24 June 2006. Web. 20 Dec. 2012.
• Anderson, Claire. “Introduction.” Legible Bodies: Race, Criminality and Colonialism in South Asia. Oxford and New York: Berg, 2004. 1-14. Print.
• Appadurai, Arjun. “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy.” Public Culture 2.2 (1990): 1-24. Print.
• Appiah, Kwame Anthony. Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. London: Penguin, 2006. Print.
• Blue, Gregory. “Opium for China: The British Connection.” Opium Regimes: China, Britain and Japan 1839-1952.
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