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Eric Tagliacozzo

Professor of History

Much of Prof. Tagliacozzo's work has centered on the history of people, ideas, and material in motion in and around Southeast Asia, especially in the late colonial age. His first book, Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier (Yale, 2005), examined many of these ideas by analyzing the history of smuggling in the region. Several edited volumes also look at Southeast Asia's connections with the Middle East; at the idea of Indonesia over a two thousand year-period; at Sino-Southeast Asian contact over the last millennium; and at the meeting of History and Anthropology generally (and conceptually) as disciplines. His newest book project is called The Longest Journey: Southeast Asians and the Pilgrimage to Mecca (Oxford, 2013), and this book attempts to write a history of this very broad topic from earliest times to the present. He’s now working on a book about the linked maritime histories of Asia, from Yemen east to Yokohoma.

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