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Twilight Falls on Liberalism

 
Rudrangshu Mukherjee (Author)
Synopsis

Recent political developments across large parts of the globe have made it clear that liberalism is in crisis. Several political regimes and political leaders have little time and respect for liberal values but it is important to understand that in many cases they have been empowered by popular social attitudes that have turned against liberalism. 

In order to understand this phenomenon, Rudrangshu Mukherjee goes back to the origins of liberalism to understand its substantive ideas and lineage. He shows how liberalism, a western doctrine, flourished when western empires dominated much of the world. Ironically, while values like freedom, democracy and citizenship were nurtured in the west, they were denied to the people of the countries that had been colonized by western nations. Liberalism in the west thrived by being illiberal elsewhere.

The contradictions within made liberalism vulnerable to attack. Totalitarian regimes swept it aside and other doctrines replaced it with increasing frequency.

In the twenty-first century, in both the east as well as the west, liberalism appears to be fast disappearing. This important book tells us why.

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About the author

Rudrangshu Mukherjee

Rudrangshu Mukherjee was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was awarded a D.Phil in Modern History by the University of Oxford in 1981. He has taught History at the University of Calcutta and held visiting appointments at Princeton University, the University of Manchester and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is author of Awadh in Revolt 1857-58: A Study of Popular Resistance (Delhi, 1984, repr. 2002) and Spectre of Violence: The 1857 Kanpur Massacres (Delhi, 1998). He has also edited The Penguin Gandhi Reader (Delhi, 1993) and the Art of Bengal: A Vision Defined, 1955-75 (Kolkata, 2003). He is the co-editor of Trade and Politics and the Indian Ocean World: Essays in Honour of Ashin Das Gupta (Delhi, 1998). He is now editor, editorial pages, The Telegraph.

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Bibliographic information

Title Twilight Falls on Liberalism
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.06.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Aleph Book Company
Language: English
isbn 9789384067298
length 173p.