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|Andrew G. Bone||“Russell and
ABSTRACT: At the height of the Sino-Indian border dispute in 1962,
Bertrand Russell, as “a lifetime friend of India”
(Unarmed Victory, p. 88), appealed to Prime Minister Nehru
for peace. Yet for the first 75 years of Russell’s life,
India had not been an independent, developing state whose
non-aligned diplomacy he could (usually) admire, but rather an
economically and strategically vital part of the British Empire.
Thus Russell’s fraternal bond with India was formed during
its protracted struggle against British rule. The central purpose
of this article is to reconstruct Russell’s occasionally
contorted connection with that historic contest, and it will do
so by drawing on a wealth of neglected textual material. More
than simply fleshing out a significant but overlooked chapter in
Russell’s political life, this assessment of his decades-long
association, as participant and observer, with the campaign for
Indian independence also strives to capture the complex essence
of his thinking on questions of empire generally.
|Charles Argon||“The Problem of China:
Orientalism, ‘Young China’, and Russell’s Western
ABSTRACT: Bertrand Russell’s trip to China (1920–21) led him
to write numerous articles about China culminating in The Problem
of China. This paper reconsiders The Problem of China using
Edward Said’s discussion of Orientalism and contextualizes it with
Russell’s other published and unpublished writings on China and the
reactions of his Chinese contemporaries. I argue that Russell’s
views reflect his prior philosophy and Western influences more than an
analysis of his trip and reveal that this was what his Western readers
wanted. Moreover, his reliance on the research of other scholars and
popular writers was unusual, even at the time. He was an intellectually
honest but relatively unqualified and imprecise interpreter, not a
Said-style Orientalist. He recognized Orientalism, but was unable to
avoid reproducing Orientalist stereotypes. These findings help us
understand both how Russell processed foreign phenomena and the origins
of Western perceptions of China in the 1920s.
|Albert C. Lewis||“Ivor Grattan-Guinness
|Bertrand Russell||“Notes on William James,
The Varieties of Religious Experience”|
|G.E. Moore||Review of Bertrand Russell,
The Principles of Mathematics [introductory paragraph]|
|Adrienne Wolfe||“Index to Russell, n.s. 31–35
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