30 July, 2021

The Wrath Of Our World

Making sense of the origins of the global contemporary; an age of perpetual 'civil war'

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The Wrath Of Our World

Pankaj Mishra is in the vang­u­ard of writers interpreting the  bewilderment of contemporary times. He brings to this lucid study the full force of histori­cal context and sensitive und­erstanding of the intellectual­ sou­r­ces that have influenced modern-day western and Asian political predicaments.

Age of Anger seeks to explain the forces that have shaped the allure of Hindu sup­remacists and the Islamic State in South and West Asia, the forces that have led to Brexit in the UK and have put Donald Trump in the White House.

Mishra asserts that these disparate developments are the result of disruptions that first emerged in the early 19th century when the West moved towards an industrial capitalist economy and mass politics. This transition into modernity caused cataclysmic ruptures that included anarchist and nihilist violence, the two world wars, totalitarian regimes and genocide in the next century. It is now threatening vast regions in Asia and Africa that were first exposed to modernity through western imperialism...

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