About the book
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.
Table of contents
Introduction: The Internationalism of the Moment: South Asia and the Contours of the Interwar World Ali Raza, Franziska Roy, and Benjamin Zachariah
Internationalisms in the Interwar Years: The Travelling of Ideas Benjamin Zachariah
India and the League Against Imperialism: A Special 'Blend' of Nationalism and Internationalism Michele L Louro
Uniting the Oppressed Peoples of the East: Revolutionary Internationalism in an Asian Inflection Carolien Stolte
Straddling the International and the Regional: The Punjabi Left in the Interwar Period Ali Raza
Meeting the Rebel Girl: Anticolonial Solidarity and Interracial Romance Maia Ramnath
International Utopia and National Discipline: Youth and Volunteer Movements in Interwar South Asia Franziska Roy
Srecko Kosovel and Rabindranath Tagore: Universalist Hopes from the Margins of Europe Ana Jelnikar
Meghnad Saha's Two International Faces: Politics in Science and Science in Politics between the Wars Robert S AndersonIndex
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.