- 作者: Pankaj Mishra
- 出版社/メーカー: Allen Lane
- 発売日: 2012/08/02
- メディア: ハードカバー
- クリック: 2回
Pankaj Mishra氏はthat's Shanghaiの12月号でお薦めの本として、Mary Laven Mission to China: Matteo Ricci and the Jesuit Encounter with the EastとAustralian Centre on China in the WorldのThe China Story Yearbook 2012*3を挙げている（p.54）。
The Victorian period, viewed in the West as a time of self-confident progress, was experienced by Asians as a catastrophe. Foreign soldiers and merchants tore apart the great empires that had once formed the heart of civilization. Asthe British gunned down the last heirs to the Mughal Empire, destroyed the Summer Palace in Beijing, or humilated the bankrupt rulers of the Ottoman Empire, it was clear for Asia to recover a vast intellectual effort would be required.
Pankaj Mishra's fascinating, highly entertaining new book tells the story of a remarkable group of men from across the continent who met the challenge of the West. Incessantly travelling, questioning and agonizing, they both hated the West and recognized that an Asian renaissance needed to be fuelled in part by engagement with the enemy. Through many setbacks and wrong turns, a powerful, contradictory and ultimately unstoppable series of ideas were created that now lie behind everything from the Chinese Communist Party to al-Qaeda, from Indian nationalism to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mishra allows the readers to see the events of two centuries anew, through the eyes of the journalists, poets, radicals and charismatics who criss-crossed Europe and Asia. Sitting in the midst of the ruins of the old empires which now seemed doomed to permanent partition by predatory foreigners, thease thinkers created the ideas ehich in turn were to doom the new empires, and which lie behind the powerful Asian nations of the twenty-first century.
*1:See also http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20061016/1161019732 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20070725/1185303010 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20070817/1187376297 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20070917/1190051258 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20080219/1203429307 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20080319/1205892199 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20080321/1206072743 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20091019/1255918715 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20110304/1299257819 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20110308/1299556192