August 16, 2011

Theosophy and Nationalism

Mark Bevir, University of California, Berkeley Department of Political Science, has published Theosophy, Cultural Nationalism, and Home Rule as an APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper. Here is the abstract.

This essay contains three sections. The first shows how western theosophists simplified and appropriated Indian thought, deploying it to resolve dilemmas confronting occult and other religious traditions. The second section explores how theosophical ideas then provided one inspiration for a tradition of cultural nationalism within India itself.

Finally, the third section examines how this cultural nationalism transformed Congress in the years immediately surrounding Gandhi’s return from South Africa.
Download the paper from SSRN at the link.

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