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Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World

Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World

by Vijay Prashad, Howard Zinn


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Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World

Here, from a brilliant young writer, is a paradigm-shifting history of both a utopian concept and global movement—the idea of the Third World. The Darker Nations traces the intellectual origins and the political history of the twentieth century attempt to knit together the world's impoverished countries in opposition to the United States and Soviet spheres of influence in the decades following World War II.

Spanning every continent of the global South, Vijay Prashad’s fascinating narrative takes us from the birth of postcolonial nations after World War II to the downfall and corruption of nationalist regimes. A breakthrough book of cutting-edge scholarship, it includes vivid portraits of Third World giants like India's Nehru, Egypt's Nasser, and Indonesia's Sukarno—as well as scores of extraordinary but now-forgotten intellectuals, artists, and freedom fighters. The Darker Nations restores to memory the vibrant though flawed idea of the Third World, whose demise, Prashad ultimately argues, has produced a much impoverished international political arena.

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ISBN-13: 9781595583420
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 03/31/2008
Series: New Press People's History Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 1,287,490
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x (d)

About 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 The Karma of Brown Folk and Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting, among other books. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Series Preface   Howard Zinn     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xv
Paris: a concept conjured     3
Brussels: the 1928 League against Imperialism     16
Bandung: the 1955 Afro-Asian Conference     31
Cairo: the 1961 Afro-Asian Women's Conference     51
Buenos Aires: imagining an economy     62
Tehran: cultivating an imagination     75
Belgrade: the 1961 Non-Aligned Movement Conference     95
Havana: the 1966 Tricontinental Conference     105
Algiers: the perils of an authoritarian state     119
La Paz: released from the barracks     134
Bali: death of the Communists     151
Tawang: war most foul     165
Caracas: oil, the devil's excrement     176
Arusha: socialism in a hurry     191
New Delhi: the obituary of the Third World     207
Kingston: IMF-led globalization     224
Singapore: the lure of the Asian Road     245
Mecca: when culture can be cruel     260
Conclusion     276
Notes     283
Index     349

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