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Wronged by Empire: Colonial Memories and Victimhood in India's and China's Foreign Policy Today

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Manjari Chatterjee Miller

Manjari Chatterjee Miller

Manjari Chatterjee Miller

Date: 30 April 2014Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 30 April 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Room 4426

Type of Event: Seminar

Series: SCI Seminar Programme

Abstract

Although India and China have very different experiences of colonialism, they respond to that history in a similar way—by treating it as a collective trauma. As a result they have a strong sense of victimization that affects their foreign policy decisions even today. Manjari Chatterjee Miller's book, Wronged by Empire: Post-Imperial Ideology and Foreign Policy in India and China blends this historical phenomenon, colonialism, with mixed methods—including archival research, newspaper data mining, and a new statistical method of content analysis—to explain the foreign policy choices of India and China: two countries that are continuously discussed but very rarely rigorously compared. By reference to their colonial past, it explains their puzzling behavior today. For example, it demonstrates why in important cases (such as the Sino-Indian border conflict, India going nuclear in 1998 or China's fraught relationship with Japan) their foreign policy behavior is not consistent with the security explanations that are dominant in international relations.

Biography

Manjari Chatterjee Miller is an assistant professor of international relations at Boston University and a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. She joined BU completing her PhD at Harvard University, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University. She is the author of Wronged by Empire: Post-Imperial Ideology and Foreign Policy in India and China (Stanford University Press: 2013). Miller’s research has appeared in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Hindu, the Indian Express and the Christian Science Monitor. Her work has been supported by grants from the East-West Center, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the South Asia Initiative, the Fairbank Center, the Woodrow Wilson School and, the US Department of Education.

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