The Internationalist Moment South Asia, Worlds and World Views, 1917-39 by Ali Raza


The Internationalist Moment South Asia, Worlds and World Views, 1917-39 by Ali Raza

The years between the First and Second World Wars comprise a critical moment in the history of the world. In the aftermath of the First World War and the Bolshevik Revolution, individuals and countries sought new solutions and blueprints for a world of greater stability, equality, and interdependency. Their divergent ends and objectives were held together, if temporarily, by a euphoria for the vastness and integratedness of the world and the desire and optimism to remake it and shape the future of humanity. This volume highlights this period in the political and social mobilization that comprises the internationalist moment, through the lens of South Asians' interactions with a wider world and the wider world's interactions with South Asia. The essays contribute to a growing, but as yet, inadequate field of the intellectual history of South Asia.


The Internationalist Moment offers a detailed and much-needed study of interwar South Asian quests to transcend locality or the state, not simply physically but also intellectually and politically. ... [The] essays ... compel us to refine our often simplistic understanding of 'global


-- Chandak Sengoopta This volume ... is an important corrective to South Asian histories that elide the international context and to international histories that underestimate the role of South Asia. -- Mrinalini Sinha This is an innovative contribution to the emerging literature on global intellectual history ... [T]he essays ... are important for the intrinsic value of the subjects they examine and for the methodological suggestion in favor of 'intermediary

-- Sudipta Kaviraj

About the Author

Ali Raza received his DPhil from Oxford University and is currently a Research Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. His research centers on the history of leftist movements in undivided Punjab and in the states of India and Pakistan, and on their crossovers and interconnections with other intellectual and political ideas. Franziska Roy is currently a Research Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient. She studied law, philosophy, and history at Humboldt University of Berlin, completed her MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, and received her PhD from Warwick University. Her publications include the edited volume When the War Began, We Heard of Several Kings (2011) on South Asian prisoners of war during the Great War, and she has also published on aspects of the global entanglements of South Asia(ns) in the twentieth century. Benjamin Zachariah is a Research Fellow at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University. He studied history at Presidency College, Calcutta, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, and is the author of Nehru (2004), Developing India: An Intellectual and Social History, c. 1930-1950 (2005; 2nd edn 2012), and Playing the Nation Game: The Ambiguities of Nationalism in India (2011). His current research projects concern Indian exiles in Germany, the global communist movement, and interactions and interconnections among fascists in the interwar period.

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316 pages


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Publication date

25th November 2014



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