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Under Three Flags by Benedict Anderson
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Dec 07, 2008

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bookshelves: colonization-and-globalization, activism, history, non-fiction, politics
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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 theme throughout the book is the way in which anarchism as a social and political theory inspired much of the action that directed the major course of events in this time period. While often anarchism is seen as esoteric and ineffective, Anderson reminds us of its prevalence and its incredible consequences in this period of history.
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