John F. Richards Prize Recipients
The John F. Richards Prize in South Asian History recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship on South Asian history published in English during the previous calendar year.
2014 Richards Prize
Sunil S. Amrith, Birkbeck Coll., Univ. of London
Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants (Harvard Univ. Press)
Taking the Bay of Bengal as its unit of study, this innovative work highlights the interconnected histories of South and Southeast Asia across a common body of water. It is path-breaking in linking the social and political history of migration to a changing physical environment and global economic context. Combining sweeping vistas that span centuries with intimate portraits of individual lives, this highly readable book gives new meaning to oceanic history.