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Clapping with One Hand: The Persistence of the Sino-Indian Border Dispute (Excerpt)

Excerpt from “Clapping with One Hand: The Persistence of the Sino-Indian Border Dispute.” The following is a selection from Akhilesh Pillalamarri’s Thesis (2011) in the Elliott School of International Affairs’ Undergraduate Scholars Program, written under Dr. Mike Mochizuki. Abstract: Relations between China and India are often fraught with tension. One of the main reasons for … Continue reading Clapping with One Hand: The Persistence of the Sino-Indian Border Dispute (Excerpt)

Historicism, German Philosophy, and Human Nature

This essay is adapted from Akhilesh Pillalamarri’s undergraduate thesis of 2011.  Introduction The philosophies of history of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) and Oswald Manuel Arnold Gottfried Spengler (1880-1936), two German philosophers, are important in the development of a new mode of historical thinking in Western intellectual history, known as historicism. However, this mode of thinking … Continue reading Historicism, German Philosophy, and Human Nature

Human Nature, Historicism, and Modernity in Persian Islamic Thought

Adapted from an essay written by Akhilesh Pillalamarri in 2013.  *Due to the nature of this topic and the wording of quotes, there are multiple references to “man,” and “mankind,” by which the author of this paper means “humans,” and “humankind” in an inclusive sense. Conceptions of human nature and the role of humankind upon … Continue reading Human Nature, Historicism, and Modernity in Persian Islamic Thought

My Series on Central Asian, Persian, and Middle Eastern History

My series on Central Asian and Persian History is presented below. Here, I present a list of my articles on Central Asian and Persian history, arranged roughly in a chronological manner. I will update this list periodically. What is Central Asia? Cyrus the Great  Traitors in Ancient Persian History  The Silk Road  Turkic Migrations  History of Xinjiang  Development … Continue reading My Series on Central Asian, Persian, and Middle Eastern History

The Middle World

Perhaps the most fascinating and important area of the world is what we’ll dub the “Middle World” (to borrow a term from Tamim Ansary). This is not really a coherent region, but encompasses the parts of Eurasia (and Africa) between Europe and East Asia. I include in it the following regions: the Middle East and … Continue reading The Middle World