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Age of anger: a history of the present

Age of anger: a history of the present

Mishra, Pankaj, author

How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world - from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In 'Age of Anger,' Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century, before leading us to the present. He shows that as the world became modern those who were unable to fulfil its promises - freedom, stability and prosperity - were increasingly susceptible to demagogues. The many who came late to this new world or were left, or pushed, behind, reacted in horrifyingly similar ways: intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment through spectacular violence

Hardback, Book. English.
Published UK: Allen Lane, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Pankaj Mishra
ISBN: 0241278139, 9780241278130
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: ix, 405 pages ; 24 cm
Subject: History.; Paranoia.; World politics 21st century.; Power (Social sciences); History, Modern.; Political culture.