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FROM THE RUINS OF EMPIRE: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia, by Pankaj Mishra. Allen Lane, 2012, 356 pp., £20 (hardcover)

The story of Asia’s awakening and response to Western imperialism is well-trodden ground, but Pankaj Mishra masterfully retells this story by focusing on the unlikely convergences between some lesser known intellectuals, Jamal al-Din al-Afghani (1838-97) of Persia and Liang Qichao (1873-1929) of China.

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