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The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World

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“‘Come, let us build a Third Kingdom, and in this Third Reich, hey, sisters, you will live happily; hey, brothers, you will live happily; hey, kids, you will live happily; hey, you German patriots, you will see Germany sitting enthroned above all the peoples in this world.’ How clever Hitler was, brothers and sisters, in depicting these ideals!”

Thus the late President Suka
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Paperback, 374 pages
Published September 17th 1998 by Verso (first published September 1st 1998)
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Smiley
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having scribbled on the last page 'Interestingly tough', I found this 4-part, 17-chapter book read as my No. 4 by Prof. Anderson complex and informative in terms of his formidable knowledge, analyses and viewpoints on comparative nationalism in Indonesia, Siam (Thailand currently) and the Philippines dating back since the nineteenth century. When I looked at the front cover photo, it vaguely reminded me of a historic episode I saw many years ago but I could not recall what and who it depicted to ...more
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Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theory, rest-of-asia
A really great book. Anderson has the fine distinction of being an amazing scholar as well as a very talented writer. He manages to successfully pull off a very self-aware comparative history of Southeast Asia through the three nations he became an expert in: the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand. The book is not a monograph per say, but instead a collection of essays varying in scope and writing style. Some are constructed historical narratives, others are close literary and textual analyses ...more
Nicholas
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The great Benedict Anderson himself is the Spectre of Comparison. Writing in the way as he always does, Ben shuns the rigidity of comparative politics by effortless transporting the reader from one locale to another, from one language to another, and from one text to another in trying not only to put Southeast Asia in the world, but also the world in Southeast Asia. Some of the writings of this 1998 book may look dated but the key question of nation and nationalism still beguile us till this day ...more
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Oct 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
The book has a good compact chapter on Philippine history called "Cacique Democracy." It covers the arrival of the Spaniards to the Aquino years. It argues that mestizos, especially of the Chinese/Tagalog variety, were the instigators of the Katipunan movement that launched the Philippine revolution of 1896. Furthermore, the mestizos effectively took control of the commonwealth under U.S. auspices until 1946.
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Benedict Richard O'Gorman Anderson is Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government & Asian Studies at Cornell University, and is best known for his celebrated book 'Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism', first published in 1983. Anderson was born in Kunming, China, to James O'Gorman Anderson and Veronica Beatrice Bigham, and in 194 ...more

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