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The Poorer Nations  -  A Possible History of the Global South
The Poorer Nations - A Possible History of the Global South

The Poorer Nations - A Possible History of the Global South

by Vijay Prashad

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9789380118178 - Year: 2013 - Pages: 292



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Author: Vijay Prashad
Foreword/Introduction: Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Publisher: LeftWord
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 292
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789380118178


A truly global history that examines the prospects of a worldwide power shift from North to South.

In The Darker Nations, Vijay Prashad provided an intellectual history of the Third World and traced the rise and fall of the Non-Aligned Movement. With The Poorer Nations, Prashad takes up the story where he left off.

Since the ’70s, the countries of the Global South have struggled to build political movements. Prashad analyzes the failures of neoliberalism, as well as the rise of the BRICS countries, the World Social Forum, issue-based movements like Via Campesina, the Latin American revolutionary revival—in short, efforts to create alternatives to the neoliberal project advanced militarily by the US and its allies and economically by the IMF

The World Bank, the WTO, and other instruments of the powerful. Just as The Darker Nations asserted that the Third World was a project, not a place, The Poorer Nations sees the Global South as a term that properly refers not to geographical space but to a concatenation of protests against neoliberalism.

In his foreword to the book, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros Boutros-Ghali writes that Prashad “has helped open the vista on complex events that preceded today’s global situation and standoff.” The Poorer Nations looks to the future while revising our sense of the past.


“It is startling how insulated the West has remained from the thinking, achievements, and struggles of the great majority of the world’s people. This lucid and well-informed study reveals how much there is to learn from this rich and vibrant record.”
= Noam Chomsky

“At a time when the ideologues of the Washington Consensus appeal to former colonies to free themselves from history, Vijay Prashad recalls a past without which it is impossible to understand the present.”
= Tariq Ali

“Vijay Prashad is our own Frantz Fanon. His writing of protest is always tinged with the beauty of hope.”
= Amitava Kumar

“Vijay Prashad helps to uncover the shining worlds hidden under official history and dominant media.”
= Eduardo Galeano

“Vijay Prashad has courageously and meticulously forged a fascinating study that challenges mainstream, Western narratives of world history. In this provocative and sweeping exploration, the injustices and subjugation of peoples in the global South are not only made visible but political.”
= Susanne Soederberg, Professor in Global Development Studies, Queens University, Canada

“Lucid and well-informed”
= Noam Chomsky



Foreword by Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Chapter 1: The Demise of Northern Atlantic Liberalism
Chapter 2: The Conundrums of the South
Chapter 3: The Locomotives of the South
Chapter 4: A Dream History of the Global South

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