Department of History
Jagjeet Lally moved to UCL as Lecturer in the History of Early Modern and Modern India in 2014 from Cambridge, where he completed a PhD in History (Sidney Sussex College) and was the Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow (Darwin College). His interests bring together the study of trade, economy, society, science, and culture in South Asia, interpreted broadly as a region stretching from Afghanistan to Burma, from the Himalayan mountains to the Indian Ocean. His interests span the pre-colonial and colonial periods, and encompass the empires of the Mughals, Sikhs, Durranis, and Qing, and of Britain and Russia. Jagjeet’s first major project is a history of the early modern Silk Roads told from a South Asian perspective, reconstructed through the histories of four commodities: cotton cloth, horses, indigo, and silk. His next major project is a global history of the Himalaya, developing his interest in the histories of commodities (opium, sugar, tea, hemp products, salt), and combining this with the histories of pilgrims, mercenaries, spies, and other mobile agents who criss-crossed and connected India with Central and East Asia.
Empires and Equines: The Horse in Art and Exchange in South Asia, ca. 1600–ca. 1850’ Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, vol. 35, no. 1 (2015), pp. 96-116
Trial, error and economic development in colonial Punjab: The Agri-Horticultural Society, the state and sericulture experiments, c. 1840–70’ Indian Economic Social History Review, vol. 52 no. 1 (2015), pp. 1-27
The environment (especially rivers, mountains), trade (especially long-distance trade) and the market, material culture.
Areas of PhD research supervision
The environmental, economic, social, and cultural history of early modern and modern South Asia. I am especially interested in proposals relating to Afghanistan, North India (particularly the area incorporated into present-day Pakistan), Nepal, and Burma.