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Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-Colonial Imagination (Seri Mengkaji Anarkisme)

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In this sparkling new work, Benedict Anderson provides a compelling exploration of late-nineteenth-century politics and culture against a background of militant anarchism in Europe and the Americas. Jose Marti’s armed uprising in Cuba and anti-imperialist protests in China and Japan. Anderson charts the complex intellectual interactions of two great Filipino writers – the ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published November 17th 2007 by Verso (first published November 17th 2006)
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Camilo Ruiz Tassinari
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, marxism
I bought this book when I heard of the death of Benedict Anderson, whose Imagined Communities I had read –as any other social science student- during college, to my great delight. Later I had glimpsed at some of his essays published at the New Left Review, and I’m a great fan of his brother, Perry, but I had not had the time to put my hands on any other of his books. The extent of his erudition somehow always seemed to form a –imagined- wall between a reader that has no idea on his area of speci ...more
Ivan Labayne
after, it mattered less to know whether rizal met engels or marx somehwere in berlin for isabelo delos reyes spent time with some anarchists in the ghastly montjuich, and basilio did something, which in retrospect, is sayang in fili
Arif Abdurahman
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ternyata novel bisa dijadikan sebagai rujukan sejarah, bahkan buku ini dibuka dengan kutipan dari Moby Dick-nya Herman Melville, yang disebut Benedict Anderson sebagai konsep "astronomi politik", yang memicu dirinya menulis buku ini. Ben Anderson, seorang akademisi gigih sekaligus poliglot sejati ini memetakan gelanggang perpolitikan dan kebudayaan di akhir abad 19. Dengan fokus memetakan hubungan antara penulis besar Filipina Jose Rizal dan perpolitikan dan sastra avant-garde di Eropa, juga soa ...more
I actually like this book more than imagined communities
Mar 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anderson argues that people, events and ideas occurring around the same time in an era of international travel and communication have an impact on one another. That seems like a pretty safe proposal - of course it’s the details that matter. In particular his focus was on the overlaps between Filipino, Cuban, and Puerto Rican thinkers and revolutionaries with European thinkers and revolutionaries. It makes sense, and Anderson global outlook and wealth of sources are impressive, but many times I f ...more
Renata Lessa
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
[I'm writing a short review for now, but I might expand it later, since I have to write an actual review for this book for university.]


Under Three Flags presents some good points, the main one being the connection between anarchism and the anti-colonial nationalist movements. This connection is established not in terms of ideology (or at least not predominantly), but in terms of transnational mobilization. To analyze this possibility Anderson sets out to follow the lives of two interesting fi
The meandering style, and the moves from ultra close-up details on individual lives to broad-scale descriptions of international history, didn't work well for me. At the same time, it was fascinating to read a detailed account of the work of various novelists-turned-liberationists from the Philippines and to see how they were connected to movements going on all around the world at the end of the 19th century.

In many ways Anderson doesn't make a full argument for it, but the dominant recurring t
Bimana Novantara
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya
Sepanjang membaca buku ini, saya berpikir betapa orang-orang Filipina sudah kasak-kusuk memperjuangkan kemerdekaannya sejak abad ke-19 dari luar dan dalam negeri dengan cara-cara intelektual (menulis, berorganisasi, membuat jurnal yang berisi tulisan-tulisan pemikiran), sedangkan orang-orang kita masih menggunakan cara perang dan perjuangan fisik yang sifatnya parsial-kedaerahan, atau masih adem ayem hidup di bawah kolonialisme Belanda.

Saya takjub dengan Isabelo de los Reyes yang menggunakan fo
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
beautiful, fascinating original historical account of end of america's anticolonial revolts and the onset of the east (such as Philippines) even tho he really does not understand "anarchism" in any genuine sense it really dont not much matter; the stories are great, the writing unusually gripping and the distinct anti-racist cosmopolitanism of anarchists (as opposed to the socialists of that period) was highly intriguing.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
salah satu yang terbaik jika hendak mencari bagaimana nasionalisme mulanya menggebrak negeri-negeri kolonial di hampir seluruh Negara dunia ketiga. melalui jalur sastra, tulisan dan pamplet gelap, Jose Rizal, menyadarkan negerinya dengan sebuah novel yang kelak menjadi arus pertama globalisasi yang menyergap dunia. sayang, arus globalisasi itu tidak begitu menyenangkan bagi negeri induk kolonial.
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
Benedict Anderson is brilliant. Somehow he manages to tell a scattered story of nationalism and all its influences through the bios of two Filipino writers. It's a fascinating book, covering a lot of territory. And it makes international connections in a way that no other book I have read does - from Europe, Asia, Americas...Really well done.
Anas Theo
B.Andreson, having as a starting point, the anti-colonial Philippine struggle against Spanish and American regimes, describes the interconnection between the several anarchist or other progressive
movements around the world.
Daniel Burton-Rose
Some academics still think they're cutting edge for citing Imagined Communities, but this is what people should be reading now!
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb reading about Rizal's novel and anarchism beyond the horizon of nationalist imagination.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lon Harris
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Extremely gripping and readable for a book about political theory.
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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, first published in 1983. Anderson was born in Kunming, China, to James O'Gorman Anderson and Veronica Beatrice Bigham, and in 1941 the family moved to California. In 1957, Anderson ...more
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