From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia

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Doubleday Canada, 2012 M09 4 - 400 páginas
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The Victorian period, viewed in the West as a time of self-confident progress, was experienced by Asians as a catastrophe. As the British gunned down the last heirs to the Mughal Empire, burned down the Summer Palace in Beijing, or humiliated the bankrupt rulers of the Ottoman Empire, it was clear that for Asia to recover a vast intellectual effort would be required.

Pankaj Mishra's fascinating, highly entertaining new book tells the story of a remarkable group of men from across the continent who met the challenge of the West. Incessantly travelling, questioning and agonising, they both hated the West and recognised that an Asian renaissance needed to be fuelled in part by engagement with the enemy. Through many setbacks and wrong turns, a powerful, contradictory and ultimately unstoppable series of ideas were created that now lie behind everything from the Chinese Communist Party to Al Qaeda, from Indian nationalism to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mishra allows the reader to see the events of two centuries anew, through the eyes of the journalists, poets, radicals and charismatics who criss-crossed Europe and Asia and created the ideas which lie behind the powerful Asian nations of the twenty-first century.

 

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Contenido

Cover
Asia Subordinated
The Strange Odyssey of Jamal
and Nationalism
Liang Qichaos China and the Fate
1919 Changing the History of
Rabindranath Tagore in East Asia
PanAsianism and Military
The Rise of NeoTraditionalists
Turkey the Sick Man
An Ambiguous Revenge
Acknowledgements
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PANKAJ MISHRA was born in northwest India in 1969 and lives in London and Mashobra, India. He is the author of An End to Suffering and Temptations of the West, as well as a novel, The Romantics. He writes for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, and The Guardian. The author lives in London and Mashobra, India.

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