Darjeeling and Kalimpong, British imperial towns in the eastern Himalayan borderlands at the juncture of Bhutan, China, India,
Nepal, Sikkim, and Tibet, played a vital yet under-studied role as transcultural hubs of a hybrid modernity. This themed section
explores “connected histories,” paying particular attention to these Himalayan towns as a modern crossroads for empires, ethnicities,
religions, and cultural and economic mobilities. It offers alternative approaches that connect and intersect the history of
local places and spaces with broader narratives of global history. Contributors draw upon a range of perspectives to frame
their historical explorations of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and the eastern Himalayas in terms of local, regional, and global
circulation, transnational connections, and transcultural encounters.