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Postscripts on Independence: Foreign Policy Ideas, Identity, and Institutions in India and South Africa

Vineet Thakur, Siddharth Mallavarapu, Himadeep Muppidi, and Raymond Duvall


India and South Africa, two states that bookended the process of twentieth century decoloniszation, punched above their weight in global politics in their initial years of liberation. This book analyses the foreign policy ideas, identity, and institutions of these two newly independent states. Theoretically, it argues that foreign policy is often more than just a reaction to global events; rather it is a site where ideas of nationhood are legitimized. Nehru’s India advanced the idea of ‘civilisational pacifism’ through its foreign policy, in turn sanctifying a particular idea of India—a non-vi ... More

Keywords: International Relations Theory, Foreign Policy analysis, India, South Africa, Ministry of External Affairs, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Global South, Nehru, Mandela, Mbeki

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199479641
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199479641.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vineet Thakur, author
University Lecturer, University of Leiden

Siddharth Mallavarapu, series editor
Associate Professor, Centre for International Politics, Organisation & Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Himadeep Muppidi, series editor
Betty G.C Cartwright Professor of Political Sciencw, Department of Political Science, Vassar College, New York, USA

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