Haj to Utopia

Haj to Utopia

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In The Haj to Utopia, Maia Ramnath tells the dramatic story of Ghadar, the Indian anticolonial movement that attempted overthrow of the British Empire. Founded by South Asian immigrants in California, Ghadara€”which is translated as a€œmutinya€a€”quickly became a global presence in East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and East Africa. Ramnath brings this epic struggle to life as she traces Ghadara€™s origins to the Swadeshi Movement in Bengal, its establishment of headquarters in Berkeley, California, and its fostering by anarchists in London, Paris, and Berlin. Linking Britaina€™s declaration of war on Germany in 1914 to Ghadara€™s declaration of war on Britain, Ramnath vividly recounts how 8, 000 rebels were deployed from around the world to take up the battle in Hindustan. The Haj to Utopia demonstrates how far-flung freedom fighters managed to articulate a radical new world order out of seemingly contradictory ideas.Just as there were two currents of communism flowing into the subcontinent, the intermingled springs that fed communist organizing ... everything from China to Anatoliaa€”that enabled any one section of a corresponding Venn diagram to be equated with any other, even if a ... by default, to the Muslim Peoples of the East, who had a key role to play in the united struggle against capitalism and imperialism.

Title:Haj to Utopia
Author:Maia Ramnath
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2011-11-01


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