Against the World: Anti-Globalism and Mass Politics Between the World Wars


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Tara Zahra is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a professor of history at the University of Chicago. Recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she lives in Chicago, Illinois.


Everything Tara Zahra touches turns to gold--and her new masterwork on what happened between the world wars when liberal globalization met mass politics is no exception.... Impossible to put down.--Samuel Moyn, author of Humane
Against the World not only alerts us to the central intellectual folly of our age. Splendidly timely, it also explains our bewildering present of war and rancorous mass politics, and outlines both challenges and possibilities in our shared future.--Pankaj Mishra, author of Bland Fanatics
Deeply researched, timely, and erudite... a page-turning account that is a must-read for anyone interested in how and why the world's current conditions are not unique.--Caroline Elkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Legacy of Violence
Against the World is a tour de force: Tara Zahra brings her formidable talents as a writer and scholar to this elegant, consistently surprising, and richly peopled book.--Sunil Amrith, author of Unruly Waters
Every day brings another headline about the end of globalization but, as Tara Zahra shows us in her lively and learned new book, we have been here before.... Through vivid portraits of contemporaries from Czech shoe baron Tomás Bat'a to Hungarian-born feminist Rosika Schwimmer, she reminds us that the politics of separation spawn new conflicts of their own.--Quinn Slobodian, author of Globalists
Against the World represents a new and better kind of global history.... This is the best book about the mass politics of globalization yet written."--Jonathan Levy, author of Ages of American Capitalism
Against the World counterintuitively offers a global history from the perspective of its discontents. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully told.--Mae Ngai, Bancroft Award-winning author of The Chinese Question
In this original, ambitious history, Zahra homes in on the early 20th century to show, with a fascinating cast of nationalists, pacifists, and reactionaries, how globalization prompted resistance and genuine suffering from the outset.-- "New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice"
Drawing lessons from current events, Zahra's newly published book Against the World builds its case from Zahra's archival research in seven countries. Using those materials, she shows how anxieties about the perceived and real consequences of globalization fueled wide-ranging efforts to change or slow cross-border flows of people, goods, and capital. The cast of characters includes Benito Mussolini, Mahatma Gandhi, and other famous nationalists, as well as people usually at the margins of power, including migrant women.--Elizabeth Station "UChicago Magazine"
Discouraging yet important, expertly rendered political history.-- "Kirkus"
[A] superb history of the interwar period... Zahra has produced one of the best and most timely works of global history of the past few years.--Gavin Jacobson "The New Statesman"
Lively and ambitious...Every story in this book is relevant and absorbing; Zahra plaits her narrative strands together with such deliberation and skill that nothing is out of place.--Jennifer Szalai "New York Times"
It's impossible in a review of this, or any, length to do justice to the richly layered tapestry Zahra weaves...Reading Against the World against the backdrop of the present makes it hard not to conclude that the path forward lies not in more deglobalization - or more globalization - but in more justice.--Sean T. Byrnes "Jacobin"