Dr Gagan D. S.  Sood

Dr Gagan D. S. Sood

Associate Professor

Department of International History

Room No
SAR.2.07
Office Hours
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Languages
Arabic, English, Ottoman, Persian
Key Expertise
Early Modern Globalisation

About me

Educated at Cambridge and Yale, Dr Gagan Sood received his doctorate from Yale’s Department of History. Before arriving at LSE, he held research and teaching positions at Cambridge, the European University Institute and Yale. Outside LSE, he is currently Co-Editor of the Journal of Global History.

Dr Sood’s main research interests lie in the Middle East and South Asia between the 17th and 19th centuries. He is also interested in Europe, China and India, and their role in the genesis of the modern world.

Other titles: MSc International and Asian History Programme Director; Coordinator of MSc Dissertation with an Asian Focus (HY4A4), MA in History Programme Director, First year Undergraduate Tutor

Expertise Details

The Mughal Empire; the Safavid Empire; the Ottoman Empire; Early Modern Globalisation; Transition to Colonialism in the Middle East and South Asia

Teaching & supervision

Dr Sood usually teaches the following courses in the Department:

At the undergraduate level:

HY118: Faith, Power and Revolution: Europe and the Wider World, c. 1500-c. 1800 (taught jointly with other faculty members)

HY243: Islamic Empires, 1400-1800

At postgraduate level:

HY478: Genesis of the Modern World: Europe, China and India, 1550-1840

HY4A4: MSc Dissertation with an Asian Focus

Publications

Culminating in India and the Islamic Heartlands (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Dr Sood’s previous project was about everyday life in the Middle East and South Asia in the eighteenth century. It sought to recapture a vanished and forgotten regional world at a pivotal moment in its history. The findings reframe our understanding of that regional world, and offer new answers to old questions concerning early modern Eurasia and the transition to colonialism. Since its completion, Dr Sood has been working on a project about the perceptions and realities of governance in the Mughal and Ottoman empires over the seventeenth century. Initial findings have appeared as articles in, among others, the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (2020) and Modern Asian Studies (2021).

His main publications include:

Books

News & media

2021


On the End of History and the Great Divergence

Dr Sood was interviewed by MSc Alumnus in History of International Relations (2019) Shane McLorrain for his Tocqueville 21 podcast. In their 2-part interview, they discussed Francis Fukuyama’s notion of the End of History and the nature of the field of Global History. Listen to part 1 and part 2.

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Journal of Global History

Recently named Co-Editor of the Journal of Global History, Dr Sood’s co-authored piece, ‘Editors’ Note – Global History after the Great Divergence’ introduces the new editorial team’s vision for the journal. This note contains an important statement about global history as a field and the role of the journal within it. The Journal of Global History publishes high-quality articles which circulate widely, frequently making signal contributions to the historiography. Read more


2018


 New essay in History Today

Dr Sood has published a new essay in History Today (vol. 68, no. 2, Feb. 2018) entitled ‘A World Revealed’. Based on research undertaken for his book India and the Islamic Heartlands: An Eighteenth-Century World of Circulation and Exchange (Cambridge University Press, 2016), the essay is intended to appeal to a broad audience of students, teachers and aficionados interested in extra-Western, pre-modern history. It focuses on a regional world from the mid-18th century, spanning the Middle East and South Asia, and populated by a kaleidoscope of “ordinary” people. That particular moment was one “of remarkable changes, politically, intellectually, culturally, economically and demographically; it was a moment of unscripted possibilities”, writes Dr Sood. The regional world was of considerable historical significance at the time, but it soon thereafter vanished and was subsequently forgotten. This essay aims to recapture that vanished, forgotten world in the manner of a detective story, and what is revealed is, in many ways, unexpected.


2016


New Book Out Now

Dr Sood's new book, India and the Islamic Heartlands: An Eighteenth-Century World of Circulation and Exchange, was published by Cambridge University Press on 31 March 2016. Based on the chance survival of a remarkable cache of documents, India and the Islamic Heartlands recaptures a vanished and forgotten world from the eighteenth century spanning much of today's Middle East and South Asia. The book helps us better understand the region during a pivotal moment in its history, and offers new answers to old questions concerning early modern Eurasia and its transition to colonialism. Read more about about the book on CUP's website. Order it on Amazon.