Darker Nations A People's History of the Third World

ISBN-10: 1595583424

ISBN-13: 9781595583420

Edition: 2008

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A landmark study that offers an alternative history of the Cold War from the point of view of the world's poor. "'"Europe" is morally, spiritually indefensible. And today the indictment is brought against it...by tens and tens of thousands of millions of men who, from the depths of slavery, set themselves up as judges.'"--Aime Cesaire, "Discourse on Colonialism" Here, from a brilliant young writer, is a paradigm-shifting history of both a utopian concept and global movement--the idea of the Third World. "The Darker Nations" traces the intellectual origins and the political history of the twentieth century attempt to knit together the world's impoverished countries in opposition to the United States and Soviet spheres of influence in the decades following World War II. Spanning every continent of the global South, Vijay Prashad's fascinating narrative takes us from the birth of postcolonial nations after World War II to the downfall and corruption of nationalist regimes. A breakthrough book of cutting-edge scholarship, it includes vivid portraits of Third World giants like India's Nehru, Egypt's Nasser, and Indonesia's Sukarno--as well as scores of extraordinary but now-forgotten intellectuals, artists, and freedom fighters. "The Darker Nations" restores to memory the vibrant though flawed idea of the Third World, whose demise, Prashad ultimately argues, has produced a much impoverished international political arena. 12 b/w photographs.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 4/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Vijay Prashad is author of Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity.

A committed radical historian and activist, Howard Zinn approaches the study of the past from the point of view of those whom he feels have been exploited by the powerful. Zinn was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. After working in local shipyards during his teens, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force, where he saw combat as a bombardier in World War II. He received a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1958 and was a postdoctoral fellow in East Asian studies at Harvard University. While teaching at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Zinn joined the civil rights movement and wrote The Southern Mystique (1964) and SNCC: The New Abolitionists (1964). He also became an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, writing Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal (1967) and visiting Hanoi to receive the first American prisoners released by the North Vietnamese. Zinn's best-known and most-praised work, as well as his most controversial, is A People's History of the United States (1980). It explores American history under the thesis that most historians have favored those in power, leaving another story untold. Zinn discusses such topics as Native American views of Columbus and the socialist and anarchist opposition to World War I in examining his theory that historical change is most often due to "mass movements of ordinary people." Zinn's other books include You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times (1995) and Artists in Times of War (2004). He has also written the plays Emma (1976), Daughter of Venus (1985), and Marx in Soho (1999).

Series Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Quest
Paris: a concept conjured
Brussels: the 1928 League against Imperialism
Bandung: the 1955 Afro-Asian Conference
Cairo: the 1961 Afro-Asian Women's Conference
Buenos Aires: imagining an economy
Tehran: cultivating an imagination
Belgrade: the 1961 Non-Aligned Movement Conference
Havana: the 1966 Tricontinental Conference
Pitfalls
Algiers: the perils of an authoritarian state
La Paz: released from the barracks
Bali: death of the Communists
Tawang: war most foul
Caracas: oil, the devil's excrement
Arusha: socialism in a hurry
Assassinations
New Delhi: the obituary of the Third World
Kingston: IMF-led globalization
Singapore: the lure of the Asian Road
Mecca: when culture can be cruel
Conclusion
Notes
Index
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