In recent decades the historical scholarship emanating from South Asia has received worldwide attention. Much of this scholarship has been the result of work on the history of the Indian subcontinent and especially concerning regions and populations now lying in India. In this connection, Nepali history has for long been viewed as an obscure cousin to these traditions of historical scholarship.

This need not necessarily be the case. Developments in the field of world history might point to another way out. World history seeks to understand the rich historical interconnections that have bound together human societies into webs of exchanges. World historians have studied the flows of humans, ideas, objects, and diseases over time and space in ways that have allowed them to connect localities, regions, historiographies, and disciplines. Such an approach offers new possibilities for the study of Nepali history.


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