Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-Colonial Imagination

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In this sparkling new work, Benedict Anderson provides a compelling exploration of late-nineteenth-century politics and culture against a background of militant anarchism in Europe and the Americas. Jose Marti’s armed uprising in Cuba and anti-imperialist protests in China and Japan. Anderson charts the complex intellectual interactions of two great Filipino writers – the political novelist Jose Rizal and the pioneering folklorist Isabelo de los Reyes – with avant-garde European literature and politics, ...
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The Age Of Globalization: Anarchists And The Anticolonial Imagination

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Overview

In this sparkling new work, Benedict Anderson provides a compelling exploration of late-nineteenth-century politics and culture against a background of militant anarchism in Europe and the Americas. Jose Marti’s armed uprising in Cuba and anti-imperialist protests in China and Japan. Anderson charts the complex intellectual interactions of two great Filipino writers – the political novelist Jose Rizal and the pioneering folklorist Isabelo de los Reyes – with avant-garde European literature and politics, connecting nationalist movements of the era.

Under Three Flags is a brilliantly original work on the explosive history of national independence and global politics.

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Editorial Reviews

London Review of Books
Fiercely, movingly local, concentrated on a handful of remarkable men and fateful years, but also expansively global.”— T. J. Clark
Independent
A formidably erudite and beautifully illustrated study.
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“Fiercely, movingly local, concentrated on a handful of remarkable men and fateful years, but also expansively global.”—T. J. Clark, London Review of Books

“Anderson presents his case with the zeal of a researcher uncovering hidden history, referencing an impressive range of sources in multiple languages ... The volume provides fascinating insights into the global flow of anarchic and anti-colonial ideas.”—Publishers Weekly

“A formidably erudite and beautifully illustrated study.”—Independent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844670901
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,424,893
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Benedict Anderson is Aaron L. Binenkorp Professor of International Studies Emeritus at Cornell University. He is editor of the journal Indonesia and author of Java in a Time of Revolution, The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World and Imagined Communities.
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Table of Contents

1 Prologue : the rooster's egg 9
The new science 12
The riches of local knowledge 14
Forest brothers 16
Strange beauties 17
Comparative reflections 22
2 Alla ... La-Bas 27
Transnational libraries 28
Nitroglycerine in the pomegranate 31
A legacy from Baltimore? 32
A student of homeopathy 33
La-Bas 37
Flaubert and a future murderer 39
Untried pleasures 41
The luxury of French 44
Writing revenge 45
The children of Rodolphe 46
Laughter and suicide 49
Collaboration and emulation 51
3 In the world-shadow of Bismarck and Nobel 53
Passage to Europe 56
Bismarck and the new geography of imperialism 65
Le Drapeau Noir 69
Cacique Spain 81
The orders : dispossessed and possessed 86
Black wings 88
A bosom friend 90
The first homecoming 91
A schism within emigre nationalism 94
A missing library? 104
Interpreting El Filibusterismo : transcontinentalism and prolepsis 108
Transpositions 110
Dansons la Ravachole 112
An enigmatic smile 120
4 Trials of a novelist 123
Chernychevsky's question 123
Conrad country 126
La Liga Filipina 129
The second homecoming 133
A tropical Siberia 138
Marti's insurrection 140
Rizal to Cuba? 147
New conjunctures 149
Leaving Dapitan 152
Last Journeys 156
Weylerismo in Manila 160
Three reflections 164
5 Montjuich 169
Tarrida's crusade 169
Paris radicalized 173
The Parti Ouvrier Belge and Germinal 180
The Dreyfus affair 182
Patriot of the Antilles : Doctor Betances 184
Angiolillo : from Foggia to Santa Agueda 189
Into the maelstrom 195
Go East, young man 201
Who is the enemy? 203
A gentleman globalized 207
Blumentritt 209
The Antilleans 210
The Japanese 213
Chinese connections 219
Pawa : internationalizing the war 221
Malatesta to Manila 223
Afterglow West : Isabelo de los Reyes 229
Afterglow East : Mariano Ponce 231
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