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Pankaj Mishra’s ‘From the Ruins of Empire’

September 22, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments (1)



A few weeks ago the Wall Street Journal (Asia) wrote to me asking for a short recommendation of a soon-to-be-published book. My pick was Pankaj Mishra’s From the Ruins of Empire.


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

By Pankaj Mishra

(Farrar, Strauss, 2012)


History is sometimes a contest of narratives. In this book Pankaj Mishra looks back on the 19th and 20th centuries through the work of three Asian thinkers: Jamal al-Din Afghani, Liang Qichao and Rabindranath Tagore. The story that emerges is quite different from that which most Western readers have come to accept. Enormously ambitious but thoroughly readable, this book is essential reading for everyone who is interested in the processes of change that have led to the emergence of today’s Asia.










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