Bengal to Yunnan is a heterogeneous region. Diverse ecologies and societies created complex spatial politics. Climatic conditions and varied topographies generated flexible livelihoods and forms of social control. The millennium-old communication-routes connected two empires, the Chinese and Mughal India. The paths crossed resource-rich territories that linked Central and East Asia with global trade via the Bay of Bengal. This project connects historical research that so far has been separated into either early-modern state-centred and Silk Road history or the history of modern state formation and ethno-histories.
All photography provided by members of the project.