From post-Empire to liberation theory: 10 of the best books on international struggle

As the era of imperialism ended, new divisions and faultlines emerged in the difficult aftermath of empire

Some classic books capture the essence of their time; some remain relevant for ever. Orientalism is the latter sort – if anything, the book has become more relevant. It demonstrates how dominant nations, through their academic, cultural and social agents of expression, exoticise and misunderstand the “other”. Said was ahead of his time in isolating how cultural prowess is consolidated to the benefit of the west, by exaggerating differences with the orient that create a skewed perception of the eastern world as inferior to the west.

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