From the Ruins of Empire: Pankaj Mishra

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For a long time, The West has considered itself superior to The Rest. Often ignoring the advances and the thinking of the Orient and Asia. Pankaj Mishra shatters that smugness with his own history of those who have shaped Asia to the point where Asia is now shaping the world. Pankaj Mishra has staked different ground in this debate with his new book, From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia. Pankaj Mishra sits down with us for a feature interview.



From the Ruins of Empire: Pankaj Mishra

In 1889, when Britain was an imperial power and much of world map was coloured pale pink, Rudyard Kipling wrote, "East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet."

Colonized peoples often bristled under the grip of the military, economic and cultural might of the European colonial powers. Even now, relations between the west and east don't have to deteriorate very much before historical grievances violently tumble into the present.

The British historian Niall Ferguson stepped into this with a book last year called Civilization: The West and the Rest, in which he argues there were six killer apps that allowed Europe to dominate the world for 400 years that essentially made the West better than the rest. We interviewed Niall Ferguson on The Current last December, here is that interview.

Now, Pankaj Mishra has staked different ground in this debate with his new book, From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia. Pankaj Mishra is an Indian journalist and author. He joined us in our Toronto studio.

This segment was produced by The Current's Chris Wodskou.

Last Word - Wednesday and Thursday Promos

Now we just touched on the issue of Chinese ownership of Canadian resource companies in our conversation with Pankaj Mishra.

Tomorrow on The Current, we'll discuss the Chinese bid to acquire the oil and gas company Nexen. Supporters say Canada needs foreign investment. Opponents worry about the national security

That's on tomorrow show with guest host Jim Brown in Calgary. Anna Maria will be back on Thursday from Vancouver -- where she will be speaking with B.C. mayors about the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline.

And don't forget The Current celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, we've built a special website highlighting some of our favourite interviews from the last decade. Check it out at cbc.ca/thecurrent/10 to see if your favourites are there as well. We'd love to hear from you.


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The death of Corporal Stuart Langridge

UK/Canadian Embassy Mash-up

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