Harvard Universal Press
|Number of Pages||400 Pages|
History & Politics
Hardly more than a decade old, the twenty-first century has already been dubbed the Asian century in recognition of China and Indias increasing importance in world affairs. Yet discussions of Asia seem fixated on economic indicators-gross national product, per capital 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 anti colonial 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-theocratic-a group as diverse as the countries they represent.
From China, the worlds 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 worlds 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 Vietnams Ho Chi Minh, Indonesias Sukarno, Singapores Lee Kuan Yew and Pakistans Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. With contributions from leading scholars, Makers of Modern Asia illuminates the intellectual and ideological foundations of Asias spectacular rise to global prominence.
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