The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South

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In The Darker Nations, Vijay Prashad provided an intellectual history of the Third World and told the story of the rise and fall of the Non-Aligned Movement.

With The Poorer Nations, Prashad takes up the story where he left it. Since the ’70s, the countries of the Global South have struggled to express themselves politically. Prashad analyzes the failures of neoliberalism, as well as the rise of the BRIC countries, the Group of 12, the World Social Forum, the Latin American ...

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Overview

In The Darker Nations, Vijay Prashad provided an intellectual history of the Third World and told the story of the rise and fall of the Non-Aligned Movement.

With The Poorer Nations, Prashad takes up the story where he left it. Since the ’70s, the countries of the Global South have struggled to express themselves politically. Prashad analyzes the failures of neoliberalism, as well as the rise of the BRIC countries, the Group of 12, the World Social Forum, the Latin American revolutionary revival—in short, all the efforts to create alternatives to the neoliberal project advanced militarily by the US and its allies, among whom number the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO, and other economic instruments of the powerful.

A true global history, The Poorer Nations is informed by interviews with leading players such as senior UN officials, as well as Prashad’s pioneering research into archives of the Julius Nyerere–led South Commission.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This exhaustively documented work of economic and diplomatic history analyzes hemispheric inequality between the wealthy industrialized north and the “global south” (less-developed nations that are emerging from their postcolonial economic torpor), and challenges the “tireless and heartless cycle” of the modern capitalist economy. Prashad (The Darker Nations), a Trinity College South Asian history professor, angrily indicts the capitalist bloc of the North. He focuses his study on the U.N. committees and nongovernmental organizations that challenge the established economic order through conferences, communiqués, and resolutions from the 1970s to the present. Prashad astutely pegs the rise of the so-called BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) as an upending factor in the current North-South economic alignment, but notes that they are more interested in joining the neoliberal regime than altering it. A lengthy, laudatory section on Venezuela under Hugo Chavez fails to address many of the dispiriting aspects of his authoritarian rule, both economic and political, and leaves Prashad’s righteous agenda (which is better suited to academics and specialists) grounded less in reality than in sympathetic ideology. (Feb.)
Noam Chomsky
“It is startling how insulated the West has remained from the thinking, achievements, and struggles of the great majority of the world’s people. This lucid and well-informed study reveals how much there is to learn from this rich and vibrant record.”
Boutros Boutros-Ghali (from the foreword)
“A unique, exceptional study that weaves together events, processes, and strands into a comprehensive overview of the struggle of developing countries to change the world economic order.”
Tariq Ali
“At a time when the ideologues of the Washington Consensus appeal to former colonies to free themselves from history, Vijay Prashad recalls a past without which it is impossible to understand the present.”
Amitava Kumar
“Vijay Prashad is our own Frantz Fanon. His writing of protest is always tinged with the beauty of hope.”
Susanne Soederberg
“Vijay Prashad has courageously and meticulously forged a fascinating study that challenges mainstream, Western narratives of world history. In this provocative and sweeping exploration, the injustices and subjugation of peoples in the global South are not only made visible but political.”
Robin D. G. Kelley
“With eloquence, wit, and urgency, Prashad tells the real story of global restructuring, the dismantling of the Third World Project, the rise and demise of neoliberalism, and how the future of the planet is tied to the dreams of the dispossessed.”
Eduardo Galeano
“Vijay Prashad helps to uncover the shining worlds hidden under official history and dominant media.”
Eduardo Galeano

Vijay Prashad helps to uncover the shining worlds hidden under official history and dominant media.

From the Publisher
“It is startling how insulated the West has remained from the thinking, achievements, and struggles of the great majority of the world’s people. This lucid and well-informed study reveals how much there is to learn from this rich and vibrant record.”—Noam Chomsky

“At a time when the ideologues of the Washington Consensus appeal to former colonies to free themselves from history, Vijay Prashad recalls a past without which it is impossible to understand the present.”—Tariq Ali

“Vijay Prashad is our own Frantz Fanon. His writing of protest is always tinged with the beauty of hope.”—Amitava Kumar

“Vijay Prashad helps to uncover the shining worlds hidden under official history and dominant media.”—Eduardo Galeano

“Vijay Prashad has courageously and meticulously forged a fascinating study that challenges mainstream, Western narratives of world history. In this provocative and sweeping exploration, the injustices and subjugation of peoples in the global South are not only made visible but political.”—Susanne Soederberg, Professor in Global Development Studies, Queens University, Canada

“With eloquence, wit, and urgency, Prashad tells the real story of global restructuring, the dismantling of the Third World Project, the rise and demise of neoliberalism, and how the future of the planet is tied to the dreams of the dispossessed.”—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844679522
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

VIJAY PRASHAD is the George and Martha Kellner Professor of South Asian History and the director of international studies at Trinity College, Connecticut. He is the author of a number of books, including The Darker Nations: a People's History of the Third World and Arab Spring, Libyan Winter.

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