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From the ruins of empire : the intellectuals who remade Asia

Author: Pankaj Mishra
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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A little more than a century ago, as the Japanese navy annihilated the giant Russian navy 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 are seen as outriders from the main anticolonial
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pankaj Mishra
ISBN: 9780374249595 0374249598
OCLC Number: 798733567
Notes: "Originally published in 2012 by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, Great Britain as From the ruins of empire : the revolt against the West and the remaking of Asia"--Title page verso.
Description: xi, 356 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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' --
An ambiguous revenge.
Responsibility: Pankaj Mishra.

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A little more than a century ago, as the Japanese navy annihilated the giant Russian navy 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 are seen as outriders from the main anticolonial tradition. But, in this stereotype-shattering book, Pankaj Mishra shows that it was otherwise. 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 goals. - Jacket flap.

Provides an overview of the great thinkers and philosophical leaders from across Asia who helped change and shape the modern continent, including Tagore and Gandhi in India, Liang Qichao in China and Abdurreshi al Ibrahim in the Ottoman Empire.

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