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Jan Smuts and the Indian Question

Vineet Thakur (author)

ISBN: 9781869143787

Publication Date: Dec 2017

Format: Paperback

As the only surviving statesman of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, Jan Smuts arrived for the first session of the United Nations in New York in 1946 to celebratory chants. His departure, a month and a half later, was terrifyingly dissimilar. The "counsellor of nations" left a dejected man, with his honour, power and glory severely dented. This book chronicles the ambivalent cosmopolitanism of Jan Smuts.
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As the only surviving statesman of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, Jan Smuts arrived for the first session of the United Nations in New York in 1946 to celebratory chants. His departure, a month and a half later, was terrifyingly dissimilar. The ‘counsellor of nations' left a dejected man, with his honour, power and glory severely dented. The tragedy that befell Smuts' international swansong was an Indian delegation, which, as Smuts bemoaned, used his own words against himself and showed him to be a hypocrite. This was eerily similar to a diplomatic onslaught Smuts had faced between 1917 and 1923 at the hands of another set of little-known Indian diplomats. Through these episodic histories, this book chronicles the ambivalent cosmopolitanism of Jan Smuts.
Pages 152
Dimensions 210 x 148
Date Published 30 Dec 2017
Publisher University of KwaZulu-Natal Press
Series Off-Centre: New Perspectives On Public Issues
Series Part 2
Subject/s Politics & Government   General & world history  
Vineet Thakur is a lecturer in International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He holds a doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study, University of Johannesburg.

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