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Making a World after Empire: The Bandung Moment and Its Political Afterlives
edited by Christopher Lee and Christopher J. Lee
Ohio University Press, 2010
eISBN: 978-0-89680-468-5 | Paper: 978-0-89680-277-3
Library of Congress Classification DS35.2.L44 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 327.116


Short-listed for the 2015 Asia-Africa Book Prize (ICAS)
Winner of the 2010 Ali Sastroamidjojo Award
An AfricaFocus 2011 New and Notable Book
A CHOICE Significant University Press Title for Undergraduates, 2010–11

In April 1955, twenty-nine countries from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East came together for a diplomatic conference in Bandung, Indonesia, intending to define the direction of the postcolonial world. Representing approximately two-thirds of the world’s population, the Bandung conference occurred during a key moment of transition in the mid-twentieth century—amid the global wave of decolonization that took place after the Second World War and the nascent establishment of a new cold war world order in its wake. Participants such as Jawaharlal Nehru of India, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Zhou Enlai of China, and Ahmed Sukarno of Indonesia seized this occasion to attempt the creation of a political alternative to the dual threats of Western neocolonialism and the cold war interventionism of the United States and the Soviet Union.

The essays in this volume explore the diverse repercussions of this event, tracing the diplomatic, intellectual, and sociocultural histories that have emanated from it. Making a World after Empire consequently addresses the complex intersection of postcolonial history and cold war history and speaks to contemporary discussions of Afro-Asianism, empire, and decolonization, thus reestablishing the conference's importance in twentieth-century global history.

Contributors: Michael Adas, Laura Bier, James R. Brennan, G. Thomas Burgess, Antoinette Burton, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Julian Go, Christopher J. Lee, Jamie Monson, Jeremy Prestholdt, Denis M. Tull

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