This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and award-winning writer Pankaj Mishra.They discuss several of Pankaj’s books, including From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia and An End To Suffering: The Buddha In The World, and his motivations behind them.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Weight of History, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
I. A Different Perspective - Unknown intellectuals and overlooked worldviews
II. Demanding a Response - Reacting to an existential challenge
III. Inseparable Factors? - Capitalism, imperialism and modernity
IV. East and West - A meaningful distinction?
V. Discovering Buddhism - Transcending false stereotypes
VI. Personal Examinations - Growing up Western in the East
VII. At an Impasse - The end of an experiment
VIII. Learning From the Past - The benefits of increased historical understanding
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