[Autom. eng. transl.] The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean in the world and its waters touch many continents, some of which have been touched by this collection of studies that I considered representative of both geographical areas and of themes that allow to perceive the cultural spaces of this vast sea as global albeit not globalized; the divisions in three paths of a 'virtual navigation' from Asia, to Arabia, to Africa are aimed at both a geographical and a thematic division. There are few studies in Italian on the history of the western Indian ocean, but many are the 'looks', that is, the prospects from Europe, Asia, Arabia and Africa that radically modify the issues addressed and the conclusions . As well as the choices, forced or not, to privilege the sea, the maritime perspectives, or the land, the lands, and the relative terrestrial problems can considerably alter the research paths. Archival documentation, bibliographic research, participation in conferences and international conferences often as the only Italian participant, and surveys on the territory are the basis of the intent to report here brief scenarios that allow us to 'get closer' to the history of some populations and of some areas that were influenced by the Indian ocean, as well as influenced it.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] The Western Indian Ocean. Glimpses of History|
|Number of pages||236|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
- Oceano Indiano