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Makers of Modern Asia (English) (Hardcover)

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ISBN: 9780674365414    Publisher: Harvard University Press Year of publishing: 2014     Format:  Hardcover No of Pages: 400        Language: English
Hardly more than a decade old, the twenty-first century has already been dubbed the Asian Century in recognition of China and India s increasing importance in world affairs. Yet discussions of Asia seem...Read more
Hardly more than a decade old, the twenty-first century has already been dubbed the Asian Century in recognition of China and India s increasing importance in world affairs. Yet discussions of Asia seem fixated on economic indicators gross national product, per capita income, share of global trade. Makers of Modern Asia "reorients our understanding of contemporary Asia by highlighting the political leaders, not billionaire businessmen, who helped launch the Asian Century. The nationalists who crafted modern Asia were as much thinkers as activists, men and women who theorized and organized anticolonial movements, strategized and directed military campaigns, and designed and implemented political systems. The eleven thinker-politicians whose portraits are presented here were a mix of communists, capitalists, liberals, authoritarians, and proto-theocrats a group as diverse as the countries they represent. From China, the world s most populous country, come four: Mao Zedong, leader of the Communist Revolution; Zhou Enlai, his close confidant; Deng Xiaoping, purged by Mao but rehabilitated to play a critical role in Chinese politics in later years; and Chiang Kai-shek, whose Kuomintang party formed the basis of modern Taiwan. From India, the world s largest democracy, come three: Mohandas Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Indira Gandhi, all of whom played crucial roles in guiding India toward independence and prosperity. Other exemplary nationalists include Vietnam s Ho Chi Minh, Indonesia s Sukarno, Singapore s Lee Kuan Yew, and Pakistan s Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. With contributions from leading scholars, Makers of Modern Asia" illuminates the intellectual and ideological foundations of Asia s spectacular rise to global prominence."
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About the author: Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha is a renowned historian and writer whose research ranges from issues on the environment, politics, society, cricket and history. Guha... Read more
Ramachandra Guha is a renowned historian and writer whose research ranges from issues on the environment, politics, society, cricket and history. Guha is a regular columnist at two leading newspapers, namely the Hindustan Times and The Telegraph. He taught at various universities around the world including Yale University, University of California, Berkeley, Oslo University and Stanford University. He also served a visiting position of the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Two other hugely popular books of his are Gandhi Before India and India After Gandhi.
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Review:
It is all too easy to forget the volcanic history that lies just beneath Asia's recent economic boom. Makers of Modern Asia" reminds us of the immediacy of this history by bringing together...Read more
It is all too easy to forget the volcanic history that lies just beneath Asia's recent economic boom. Makers of Modern Asia" reminds us of the immediacy of this history by bringing together biographies of eleven national leaders of the 20th century whose ruthless pursuit of modernity and power must continue to shape Asia's course in the future.--Timothy Brook, author of "Mr. Selden's Map of China
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