UNITED NATIONS. THE POORER NATIONS

 

1 FEBRUARY 2013

THE POORER NATIONS

Peace, Bread, and Justice. They were once the locus over which the developing world was fighting in the 1970s. The time seemed ripe for massive changes in the global order, where the old superstructure would be turned upside down. Vijay Prashad's landmark previous work, The Darker Nations (New Press) provided a landmark intellectual history of the Third World and chronicled the rise and fall of the Non-Aligned movement.

With The Poorer Nations, Prashad picks up where The Darker Nations left off. Past the heyday of the New International Economic Order during the early 1970s, the countries of the Global South have struggled to express themselves politically. Prashad analyzes the major changes that have occurred since that time. He outlines the failures of neoliberalism, as well as the rise of the BRICS, the Group of 12, the World Social Forum, and Latin America's turn towards the left. His account delivers a dramatic retelling of the global push against the neoliberal project advanced military by the United States and its allies, including the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO, and other economic instruments of the powerful.

A true global history, The Poorer Nations includes interviews with senior U.N. officials, as well as Prashad's meticulous research using archives of the Julius Nyerere-led South Commission, providing a thrilling counter-narrative to triumphant accounts of the Washington Consensus.

Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Professor of South Asian History at Trinity College, Connecticut. He is the author of a number of books, including The Darker Nations: a People's History of the Third World and Arab Spring, Libyan Winter.