"The Darker Nations reconstructs the prehistory of the Third World, recalling the now-forgotten 1927 Brussels conclave of the League Against Imperialism, an international effort that brought Albert Einstein together with Jawaharlal, Nehru, Madame Sun Yat-Sen, and hundreds of other far-flung revolutionaries. The narrative then goes on to recount the 1955 conference in Bandung, Indonesia, where twenty-nine African and Asian countries launched the Third World project. Prashad traces the hopes of this decades-long global movement, and delineates its limitations and ultimate downfall in the 1980s."--BOOK JACKET.
Like so many in the global north, my studies and knowledge of history has been mainly Eurocentric with little reference to the Third World. As a result, Prashad's book was a real eye opener for me. The book is divided into different nations which makes it easier to read and understand the differences and similarities between the different nations. He also avoids pedantry making it a fairly easy read for those with little or no knowledge of the problems former colonized nations faced and still face. First published in 2008, it is still as relevant and important today and I recommend it highly.
Thanks to Edelweiss+ and The New Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review
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