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Pankaj Mishra: Liberalism and Colonialism

3 December 2015
On Politics: A History of Political Thought from Herodotus to the Present 
by Alan Ryan.
Penguin, 1152 pp., £14.99, September 2013, 978 0 14 028518 5
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Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism 
by Larry Siedentop.
Penguin, 448 pp., £9.99, January 2015, 978 0 14 100954 4
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Liberalism: The Life of an Idea 
by Edmund Fawcett.
Princeton, 496 pp., £16.95, September 2015, 978 0 691 16839 5
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An Imperial Path to Modernity: Yoshino Sakuzō and a New Liberal Order in East Asia 1905-37 
by Jung-Sun Ni Han.
Harvard, 244 pp., £29.95, March 2013, 978 0 674 06571 0
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... system of competitive imperialism. This drew them into supporting militarism, as the career of the political theorist Yoshino Sakuzō (1878-1933) shows. In An Imperial Path to Modernity, Jung-sunNiHan describes how Yoshino first developed an idea of the ‘organic state’ in 1905, at the time of the Russo-Japanese War. Every individual, as he saw it, had to be mobilised for the war effort. He ...

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