Abraham Lincoln without Borders
Lincoln’s Legacy outside the United States

Edited by Jyotirmaya Tripathy, Sura P.Rath and
William D. Pederson

Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial birth was the occasion for the only international conference on him in Asia which was held at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2009 in collaboration with the Forum on Contemporary theory, Baroda and International Lincoln Centre, Louisiana State University in Shreveport, USA. These original essays by Asian and American Scholars are among the first studies in print on the “Great Emancipator’s” legacy in Asia (India, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka), Australia, and Latin America (Nicaragua). They suggest that his democratic leadership provides an alternative to Karl Marx’s economic determinism. Lincoln’s cross-cultural appeal is found among elites and masses who prefer human dignity over ideological conformity. Readers of the world may rejoice in discovering his extensive legacy outside the USA despite the fact that he never traveled abroead and served in the presidency for less than five years. Though he attended school for less than a year and never wrote a book, America’s sixteenth president is the subject of more books than any other democratic leader in world history. This volume will be useful for students and teachers of history, political science, and American Studies all over the world.

Jyotiemaya Tripathy is Associate Professor of English at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India. He serves on the Advisory Board to Abraham Lincoln Abroad.

Sura P.Rath is Professor of English and Chair of Languages and Communication and Director of the University College at the University of North Texas at Dallas, USA. He was the founding Director of the Indian Studies Program at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and is a co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary thought, published by Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda, India.

William D. Pederson is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Lincoln Center at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, USA, where he holds the American Studies Endowed Chair. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Third World Studies. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary Thought.

Contributors : Piyush Raval, Ruma Guha, Md.Manzur Alam, Ratikanta Panda, M. Kala, Nishikant Kolge, Mandakini V.Jha, Matthew L.Perdoni, Chris Kim, David L.Wells, Barbara Doughty, Balaji Ranganathan and Hasan Al Zayed.
ISBN 978-81-909416-6-2        2010       220 pp        Rs. 600 (hb)