Category Archives: History

Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction

  Southeast Asia has always been an area of contestation even before it went under colonial rule, and especially during the Cold War. It may be easy to think of Southeast Asia as the region which conveniently links Western powers

Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction

  Southeast Asia has always been an area of contestation even before it went under colonial rule, and especially during the Cold War. It may be easy to think of Southeast Asia as the region which conveniently links Western powers

A History of Australasian Economic Thought

  Most economies today are generally a reflection of their modern economic history. The economic histories of New Zealand and Australia are no different. Following European settlement, the New Zealand and Australian economies were captive to Britain’s imperial hegemony, providing

A History of Australasian Economic Thought

  Most economies today are generally a reflection of their modern economic history. The economic histories of New Zealand and Australia are no different. Following European settlement, the New Zealand and Australian economies were captive to Britain’s imperial hegemony, providing

India’s Long Road

India is in a headlong rush to modernize its economy. Scarcely a week goes by without news of India’s economic renaissance. To be sure, India’s economic performance of late has been impressive. India has now surpassed China and the United

India’s Long Road

India is in a headlong rush to modernize its economy. Scarcely a week goes by without news of India’s economic renaissance. To be sure, India’s economic performance of late has been impressive. India has now surpassed China and the United

A Culture of Growth

The world today is richer than it has ever been. Why is this? Joel Mokyr’s central contention in A Culture of Growth is that “what happened in the economies of the world in the past three centuries was a function

A Culture of Growth

The world today is richer than it has ever been. Why is this? Joel Mokyr’s central contention in A Culture of Growth is that “what happened in the economies of the world in the past three centuries was a function

Building Histories

Mrinalini Rajagopalan’s Building Histories, is at once an ambitious and intimate study of the meeting points between monuments and the construction of historical narrative. Ambitious in the scale of her enquiry into the deep myth-making propensities that can be traced

Building Histories

Mrinalini Rajagopalan’s Building Histories, is at once an ambitious and intimate study of the meeting points between monuments and the construction of historical narrative. Ambitious in the scale of her enquiry into the deep myth-making propensities that can be traced

Humanitarianism in Modern China

In the early 1930s when the Kuomintang and the Communist Party fell into their most furious battle, the Japanese invaded China. At this, the Chinese intellectuals raised the anti-fascist banner. They ran publications and wrote articles in Shanghai to save

Humanitarianism in Modern China

In the early 1930s when the Kuomintang and the Communist Party fell into their most furious battle, the Japanese invaded China. At this, the Chinese intellectuals raised the anti-fascist banner. They ran publications and wrote articles in Shanghai to save

A Chimney (part 2)

  (read part 1 here)   It happened a year after the Korean War broke out, Japan regained its own sovereignty by becoming a disarmed state: “Japan desires, as a provisional arrangement for its defense, that the United States of

A Chimney (part 2)

  (read part 1 here)   It happened a year after the Korean War broke out, Japan regained its own sovereignty by becoming a disarmed state: “Japan desires, as a provisional arrangement for its defense, that the United States of