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Under Three Flags


Under Three Flags Anarchism and the Anti-Colonial Imagination, is a brilliantly original work on the explosive history of national independence and global politics

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The origins of nationalism and anti-globalization are traced by the bestselling author of Imagined Communities.

In this sparkling new work, benedict anderson provides a radical recasting of themes from Imagined Communities, his classic book on nationalism, through an exploration of fin-de-siècle politics and culture that spans the Caribbean, Imperial Europe and the South China Sea.

A jewelled pomegranate packed with nitroglycerine is primed to blow away Manila’s 19th-century colonial elite at the climax of El Filibusterismo, whose author, the great political novelist José Rizal, was executed in 1896 by the Spanish authorities in the Philippines at the age of 35. Anderson explores the impact of avant-garde European literature and politics on Rizal and his contemporary, the pioneering folklorist Isabelo de los Reyes, who was imprisoned in Manila after the violent uprisings of 1896 and later incarcerated, together with Catalan anarchists, in the prison fortress of Montjuich in Barcelona. On his return to the Philippines, by now under American occupation, Isabelo formed the first militant trade unions under the influence of Malatesta and Bakunin.

Anderson considers the complex intellectual interactions of these young Filipinos with the new “science” of anthropology in Germany and Austro-Hungary, and with post-Communard experimentalists in Paris, against a background of militant anarchism in Spain, France, Italy and the Americas, José Marti’s armed uprising in Cuba and anti-imperialist protests in China and Japan. In doing so, he depicts the dense intertwining of anarchist internationalism and radical anti-colonialism.

Under Three Flags is a brilliantly original work on the explosive history of national independence and global politics.

Praise for The Spectre of Comparisons
“Benedict Anderson has become one of the treasured icons of postmodernist social science … His scholarship is impeccable, and … he writes beautifully” — American Historical Review

“Anderson is a rare bird: a learned Cornell professor who writes about international politics with subversive elegance and a philosopher’s flair for first principles.” — Boston Globe

Praise for Imagined Communities
“A brilliant exegesis on nationalism.” — The Nation

“This is a book to be owned, and read, and reread and treasured.” —Academic Library Book Review

Benedict Anderson is Aaron L. Binenkorp Professor of International Studies Emeritus at Cornell University. He is editor of the journalIndonesia and author of Java in a Time of Revolution, The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World and Imagined Communities.


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