By George Katsiaficas
Ten years within the making, this magisterial work—the moment of a two-volume study—provides a special point of view on uprisings in 9 Asian countries some time past 5 many years. whereas the 2011 Arab Spring is widely known, the wave of uprisings that swept Asia within the Eighties stay not often obvious. via a critique of Samuel Huntington’s thought of a “Third Wave” of democratization, the writer relates Asian uprisings to predecessors in 1968 and exhibits their next impression on uprisings in japanese Europe on the finish of the Eighties. via empirically reconstructing the explicit heritage of every Asian rebellion, major perception into significant constituencies of swap and the trajectories of those societies turns into visible.
This booklet offers designated histories of uprisings in 9 places—the Philippines, Burma, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia—as good as introductory and concluding chapters that position them in an international context and research them in gentle of significant sociological theories. Profusely illustrated with images, tables, graphs, and charts, it's the definitive, and defining, paintings from the eminent participant-observer pupil of social pursuits.
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