The Introduction establishes the theoretical framework for this study through sustained reflection on the meaning and implications of some its key tropes—“progress(ivism),” “radical(ism),” “modernity/modernism,” and “socialism”—both in a general sense as well as in relation to Buddhist thought and practice. By giving substance to these key terms, which were self-consciously employed (though not always with the same intent) by many figures associated with the various “New Buddhisms” of the period, the reader is able to better situate these individuals and movements in their diversity as well as in relation to contemporaneous developments in the world of thought and activism—including, crucially, the ideological and institutional developments that gave rise to nationalist or imperialist ideologies.
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