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Enlightenment and Violence
Modernity and Nation-Making



© 2014 | 460 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Enlightenment and Violence is a history of ideas that proposes a multi-centred and non-Eurocentric interpretation of the Enlightenment as a human heritage. This comparative study reconstructs how modernity was negotiated in different intellectual and political contexts as a national discourse within the broader heritage of Enlightenment.

The author has compared 16th and 20th century Indian history to the early modern histories of Persia, Turkey and Western Europe in order to ground analysis of their 20th century nation-making experiences within a common problematic.

The focus is upon an ethic of reconciliation over totalizing projects as a means to create non-violent conflict resolution in the modern context. It is suggested that an emergent ethic of reconciliation in nation-making—inspired by the Indian paradigm—harbours the potential to create more democratic and open societies, in rejection of the authoritarian patterns that too frequently shaped the experiences of the 20th century.

 
 
Series Editors’ Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
Akbar’s “Universal Peace” (Sulh-i Kul): Relevance to the Enlightenment
 
The European Enlightenment: Between Revenge and Reconciliation
 
Early Indian Nationalism: Between Liberty and Authenticity
 
The Indian National Movement and Gandhi: The Ethic of Reconciliation as Mass Movement
 
The Ottoman–Turkish Experience of the Enlightenment: Mass Movement and Programme
 
The Heritage of Non-violence in the Nehru Period: The Ethic of Reconciliation in Nation-Making
 
Iranian Enlightenment: Struggle for Multi-Cultural Democracy and Its Demise
 
Conclusion
 
Bibliography
 
Index

The book examines ideas that were core to the philosophical foundations of the Enlightenment by viewing them through the wide array of political regimes and geographies in which they took shape…. This book is an indispensable reading for those seeking to know about the theory that informs the Enlightenment heritage as it played out in European and non-European contexts.

Studies in History,
Volume 32 (Issue 1), February 2016

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