Enlightenment and Violence Modernity and Nation-Making by Tadd Fernee


Enlightenment and Violence Modernity and Nation-Making by Tadd Fernee

Enlightenment and Violence is a history of ideas that proposes a multi-centred and non-Eurocentric interpretation of the Enlightenment as a human heritage. This comparative study reconstructs how modernity was negotiated in different intellectual and political contexts as a national discourse within the broader heritage of Enlightenment. The author has compared 16th and 20th century Indian history to the early modern histories of Persia, Turkey and Western Europe in order to ground analysis of their 20th century nation-making experiences within a common problematic. The focus is upon an ethic of reconciliation over totalizing projects as a means to create non-violent conflict resolution in the modern context. It is suggested that an emergent ethic of reconciliation in nation-making - inspired by the Indian paradigm - harbours the potential to create more democratic and open societies, in rejection of the authoritarian patterns that too frequently shaped the experiences of the 20th century.

About the Author

Tadd Fernee is currently a guest lecturer at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he leads seminars on Comparative History and the History of Ideas. The author completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in the year 2009-2010. The author has published the following books and articles: (co-authored with Ali Mirsepassi) At Home and in the World: Islam, Democracy, and Cosmopolitanism (April 2014); Modernity and Nation-making in India, Turkey and Iran in International Journal of Asian Studies (2012); The Common Theoretical Terrain of the Gandhi and Nehru Periods: The Ethic of Reconciliation over Revenge in Nation-making in Studies in History (2012); Gandhi and the Heritage of Enlightenment: Nonviolence, Secularism and Conflict Resolution in International Review of Sociology (forthcoming); and The American Civil War as a Social Revolution: The Enlightenment, Apocalyptic Imagination and Changes in Moral Perception in the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Linguistics, Political and Social Science, History and Philosophy (forthcoming).

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460 pages


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Publication date

10th June 2014



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