This lecture connects ancient and modern history in a novel way. The main argument is straightforward: the fact that nothing like the Roman Empire ever again appeared in Europe was a crucial precondition for modern economic growth, the Industrial Revolution and the global preeminence of Western colonial powers.
In recent years the influence of Hindu nationalism amongst India’s substantial diaspora has garnered increasing attention. Hindutva ideology and organisations – which have developed transnationally since the mid-twentieth century – both influence Indians overseas, and in turn produce spaces for the diaspora to engage with the homeland. This paper will consider an important but under-researched aspect of this relationship: Hindu nationalist training camps. These have played a key role in the growth of the Hindu nationalist movement in India. But overseas, they perform specific functions for diaspora populations, and have developed innovative, syncretic new forms.
Based on the applications received for the second round of AMT Phase 2, two projects received funding: "The globalised politics of connectivity and governance in the South-to-West Asian Migration Corridor" and "CANAME".