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The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pankaj Mishra tells the stories of the thinkers whose ideas shaped contemporary China, India, and the Muslim world. In From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia Mishra explores the lives and work of 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.

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Comments [1]

Mike from Inwood

Why is it that China can look back on to its own imperialism, military and cultural, from centuries ago and claim that any land that was once part of their fallen empire is part of its sovereign territory and yet deny the West the same privilege? Modern ‘China’ now includes vast areas that are simply not Chinese. Tibet is not Chinese; they are racially and culturally different. The Turkic-speaking Uighurs are not Chinese. The indigenous populations of Inner Mongolia are not Chinese. Yet China claims them all because in centuries past they managed to subjugate them. Why can’t Europeans now claim Hong Kong, Singapore and most of Asia as their own using the same logic? Isn’t there something of a double standard here?

Sep. 24 2012 01:42 PM

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