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Lecture | Contemporary History and International Relations Research Seminar (CHIRRS)

Nehru and the Anti-Imperialist World from the interwar moment to the Age of Bandung

  • Michele Louro
Thursday 17 May 2018
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Louro's new book Comrades against Imperialism compiles the debates, introduces the personalities, and reveals the ideas that seeded Jawaharlal Nehru’s political vision for India and the wider world. Set between the world wars, she argues that Nehru’s politics reached beyond India in order to fulfill a greater vision of internationalism that was rooted in his experiences with anti-imperialist and anti-fascist mobilizations in the 1920s and 1930s. Using archival sources from India, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Russia, Louro offers a compelling study of Nehru’s internationalism as well as contributes a necessary interwar history of institutions and networks that were confronting imperialist, capitalist, and fascist hegemony in the twentieth-century world. Louro offers a global intellectual history of anti-imperialism and Nehru’s appropriation of it, while also establishing a history of a typically overlooked period.

Michele Louro

Michele L. Louro is an Associate Professor of History at Salem State University. She received her Ph.D. from Temple University and is broadly trained in the fields of modern South Asian history, British imperial history, international history, and world history. Her first book, Comrades against Imperialism: Nehru, India and Interwar Internationalism (Cambridge University Press), is set between the world wars and recovers the debates, introduces the personalities, and reveals the ideas that seeded Jawaharlal Nehru’s political vision for India and the wider world. 

Louro is working on two new projects. She is co-editor of a volume of essays, Global Anti-imperialism Between the World Wars, which recovers the history of the League against Imperialism, a rarely studied yet tremendously important institution that coordinated a global response to imperialist and capitalist hegemony of the early twentieth century. Louro also is beginning a new research project on the history of American, Australian and European travelers who crossed Asia overland from 1957-1979.


CHIRRS (Contemporary History and International Relations Research Seminar) brings together historians, area specialists and international relations specialists to address 20th century topics from Brexit to the Muslim world and from French decolonization to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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