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John F Richards, Professor

Please note: John has left the "History" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  201 Carr Bldg
Office Phone:  +1 919 684 5454, +1 919 688 8828
Email Address: send me a message


PhDUniversity of California, Berkeley1970
MAUniversity of California, Berkeley1964
BAUniversity of New Hampshire1961

Research Interests:

Dr. Richards specializes in the history of South Asia. He has published extensively on the history of Mughal India. His other interests include environmental history and the history of opium. He also contributes to the expanding field of world history.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications

  1. The Unending Frontier: Environmental History of the Early Modern World (2003), University of California, Berkeley and Los Angeles
  2. The Royal Commission on Opium of 1895, Modern Asian Studies, vol. 36 (February, 2002)
  3. (Ed.), Land Property and the Environment (2002), Institute of Contemporary Studies Press, Oakland CA
  4. The Opium Industry in British India, edited by Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Indian Economic and Social History Review no. 2-3 (2002), pp. 149-180 (Dharma Kumar Special Issue.)
  5. The Mughal Empire, in The Magnificent Mughals, edited by Zeenut Ziad (2001), Karachi: Oxford University Press

Statement of Academic Interests
Lecture titled Warriors and their Homeland in Afghanistan
Lecture titled Opium and the British Indian Empire
Lecture titled The World Hunt, Species Depletion and European Expansion
Lecture titled Mahatma Gandhi

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