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This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and award-winning writer Pankaj Mishra.They discuss several of Pankaj's books, including From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia and An End To Suffering: The Buddha In The World, and his motivations behind them. This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Weight of History, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter: I. A Different Perspective - Unknown intellectuals and overlooked worldviewsII. Demanding a Response - Reacting to an existential challengeIII. Inseparable Factors? - Capitalism, imperialism and modernityIV. East and West - A meaningful distinction?V. Discovering Buddhism - Transcending false stereotypesVI. Personal Examinations - Growing up Western in the EastVII. At an Impasse - The end of an experimentVIII. Learning From the Past - The benefits of increased historical understandingAbout Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series: This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.