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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii This has not been the easiest thing to do, to write a scholarly book on a lost continent. Over the past six years I have been engaged in this enterprise, I have encountered some skeptics among my academic peers, who wondered about the relevance of my work and queried me about my reasons for undertaking it. To these good folks, one and all, I owe my Wrst expression of gratitude, for their skepticism has provoked me to be as analytically rigorous as possible, even while their incredulity has reminded me about the importance of scholarly accountability for the projects we undertake. But I have also had the good fortune of receiving the encouragement and support of many. Foremost among these, I must mention David Gilmartin, who over numerous cups of tea (or glasses of beer!)—be it in Washington, Seattle, or Raleigh—patiently heard my ideas out, vigorously argued with me, gently urged me to consider avenues not taken, and then, in a rigorous reading of the penultimate version of this manuscript, offered concrete suggestions for improvement and Wnesse. I thank him for his mentorship, his friendship, and above all, for his own quirky sense of imagination which encouraged mine to flourish! Among others who read earlier versions of different chapters and offered me their advice, I wish to thank E. Annamalai, David Arnold, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Mathew Edney, Thomas Laquer, Tom Metcalf, Indira Peterson, Tom Trautmann, and Marcia Yonemoto. Over the past few years, I have spoken about Lemuria at the University of Pune, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Penn State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Colorado at Boulder, the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, Johns Hopkins University, and at the American Historical Association annual meetings, among others. I thank the audiences at these venues for their thoughtful suggestions and critiques. My colleagues, friends, and stu- dents in Ann Arbor gamely heard many of my ideas and helped me think through them. In particular, I wish to thank Lee Schlesinger for helping to keep me intellectually honest, and for emailing me the Oscar Wilde epigraph when I was most in need of something like this to spur me on to Wnish this book! In Tamilnadu, numerous individuals were gracious with their time and resources. In particular, I want to thank R. Muthukumaraswamy, R. Mathivanan , N. Kasinathan, “Cilampoli” Chellapan, I. Mahadevan, Kodumudi Shanmugham, S. Padmanabhan of Nagerkovil, M. V. Chockalingam of the Tamilnadu Textbook Society, and Dorothy and B. Krishnamoorthy in Pudukottai. Without the help of the following, I could not have located many of the sources in Tamil that have gone into this study: Murugan at the Maraimalai Adigal Library, Shankaralingam and Sundar at the Roja Muthiah Research Library, Sunderarajan at the Perasiriyar K. Anbazhagan Library, plus Sivakumar, Kannan, Sairam, Prince, Namasivayam, and Rajendran at the Tamilnadu State Archives; I thank them one and all. Nalini Persad at the India OfWce Library helped me with sources in the British Library that I was unable to Wnd in India, and Mary Rader tracked down many a recalcitrant reference from her resourceful ofWce at the University of Michigan’s library. A special thanks to Theodore Baskaran for offering a helpful ear, and especially for introducing me to his brother, the geologist Christopher Jayakaran, who completed his own book on Lemuria while I was writing mine. And far away from India, but not in spirit, Irina Glushkova in Moscow helped with me information I needed on an elusive Russian publication on Lemuria, and at Wnal crunch-time, worked hard to put me in touch with the publishers of the book, from whom I needed permission for the reproduction of the map that appears on the cover. This book would also not have been possible but for the very generous Wnancial and intellectual support I received from the following organizations : the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Social Science Research Council, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A J. B. Harley Research Fellowship in the History of Cartography enabled me to spend some delightful months in the British Library’s Map Room, and I thank Tony Campbell and Catherine DelanoSmith for their support and encouragement. At the University of California Press, I wish to thank Sheila Levine, my original commissioning editor, and especially Reed Malcolm, who took over this project when it was near completion and gave it his unwavering support. I also want to express...


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