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

ISBN-10: 1250037719

ISBN-13: 9781250037718

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Authors: Pankaj Mishra

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A Finalist for the Lionel Gelber PrizeShortlisted for the Orwell PrizeA Financial Times and The Economist Best Book of the YearNew York Times Book Review Editors’ ChoiceAuthor of An End to Suffering and Temptations of the WestA surprising, gripping narrative depicting the thinkers whose ideas shaped contemporary China, India, and the Muslim worldA little more than a century ago, independent thinkers across Asia sought to frame a distinct intellectual tradition that would inspire the continent’s rise to dominance. Yet this did not come to pass, and today those thinkers---Tagore, Gandhi, and later Nehru in India; Liang Qichao and Sun Yat-sen in China; Jamal al-Din al-Afghani and Abdurreshi al Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire---are seen as outsiders within the main anticolonial tradition. But as Pankaj Mishra demonstrates in this enthralling portrait of like minds, Asia’s revolt against the West is not the one led by faith-fired terrorists and thwarted peasants; rather, it is rooted in the ideas of these once renowned intellectuals. Now, when the ascendency of Asia seems possible as never before, From the Ruins of Empire is as necessary as it is timely---a book indispensable to our understanding of the world and our place in it.  
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List price: $19.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 8/27/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902

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
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
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