From the Ruins of Empire The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia

ISBN-10: 0374249598
ISBN-13: 9780374249595
Edition: 2012
Authors: Pankaj Mishra
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

A surprising, gripping narrative depicting the thinkers whose ideas shaped contemporary China, India, and the Muslim world     A little more than a century ago, as the Japanese navy annihilated the giant Russian one at the Battle of Tsushima, original thinkers across Asia, working independently, sought to frame a distinctly Asian intellectual tradition that would inform and inspire the continent’s anticipated rise to dominance.      Asian dominance did not come to pass, and those thinkers—Tagore, Gandhi, and later Nehru in India; Liang Qichao and Sun Yatsen in China; Jamal al-Din al-Afghani and Abdurreshi al Ibrahim in the ruins of the Ottoman Empire—are seen as outriders from the main anticolonial tradition. But Pankaj Mishra shows that it was otherwise in this stereotype-shattering book. His enthralling group portrait of like minds scattered across a vast continent makes clear that modern Asia’s revolt against the West is not the one led by faith-fired terrorists and thwarted peasants but one with deep roots in the work of thinkers who devised a view of life that was neither modern nor antimodern, neither colonialist nor anticolonialist. In broad, deep, dramatic chapters, Mishra tells the stories of these figures, unpacks their philosophies, and reveals their shared goal of a greater Asia.     Right now, when the emergence of a greater Asia seems possible as at no previous time in history,Revolt Against the Westis as necessary as it is timely—a book essential to our understanding of the world and our place in it.

Pankaj Mishra is currently editing an anthology of contemporary Indian writers. He divides his time between New Delhi & Simla.

A Note on Names and Places
Prologue
Asia Subordinated
Egypt: 'The beginning of a series of great misfortunes'
The Slow Battering of India and China
The New Global Hierarchy
The Strange Odyssey of Jamal al-Din al-Afghani
An Insignificant Man in Rough Garments
The 'Sick Man' of Europe and His Dangerous Self-Therapy
Egypt: The Polemicist Emerges
Beyond Self-Strengthening: The Origins of Pan-Islamism and Nationalism
The European Interlude
Apotheosis in Persia
In a Golden Cage: Al-Afghani's Last Days in Istanbul
The Long Aftermath
Liang Qichao's China and the Fate of Asia
The Enviable but Inimitable Rise of Japan
The First Impulses of Reform
Japan and the Perils of Exile
The Boxer Rising: More Lessons from Defeat
Pan-Asianism: The Pleasures of Cosmopolitanism
Liang and Democracy in America
The Temptations of Autocracy and Revolution
1919, 'Changing the History of the World'
The United States and Its Promises of Self-Determination
Liberal Internationalism or Liberal Imperialism?
Making the World Unsafe for Democracy
The Decline of the West?
Rabindranath Tagore in East Asia, the Man from the Lost Country
Asia Remade
The Sting in the Tail: Pan-Asianism and Military Decolonization
Intellectual Decolonization: The Rise of Neo-Traditionalists
The Triumphs of the Nation-State: Turkey, the Sick Man, Revives
'The Chinese People have stood up'
The Rise of the 'Rest'
Epilogue: An Ambiguous Revenge
Bibliographic Essay
Notes
Acknowledgements
Index

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