by Vijay Prashad
The New Press
Here, from a brilliant young writer, is a paradigm-shifting history of both a utopian concept and global movement--the idea of the Third World. The Darker Nations traces the intellectual origins and the political history of the twentieth century attempt to knit together the world's impoverished countries in opposition to the United States and Soviet spheres of influence in the decades following World War II.
Spanning every continent of the global South, Vijay Prashad's fascinating narrative takes us from the birth of postcolonial nations after World War II to the downfall and corruption of nationalist regimes. A breakthrough book of cutting-edge scholarship, it includes vivid portraits of Third World giants like India's Nehru, Egypt's Nasser, and Indonesia's Sukarno--as well as scores of extraordinary but now-forgotten intellectuals, artists, and freedom fighters. The Darker Nations restores to memory the vibrant though flawed idea of the Third World, whose demise, Prashad ultimately argues, has produced a much impoverished international political arena.
With a preface by Howard Zinn.
Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History, Professor and Director of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He is the author of a number of books, including Karma of Brown Folk (Village Voice, one of the top 25 books of the year, 2001), Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting (Village Voice, one of the top 25 books of the year, 2002), and The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World (winner of the 2009 Muzaffar Ahmad Book Prize). He writes regularly for "Frontline" (India) and "Counterpunch" (USA), and edits "Bol" (Pakistan) and is a contributing editor at "Himal" (Nepal).