Precarious Balances: The Middle Ages of the Next Millenium

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Precarious Balances: The Middle Ages of the Next Millennium explores a comparison of the present century and the next with the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, as a period of transition from one type of civilization to another. Goodwin compares the present socio-political trends with those of medieval Europe that developed the philosophy and the institutions that have dominated the last 500 years. He portrays the struggle between the choices that can be made and the potential effects they can have, discerning between what can and cannot be controlled. Goodwin proposes plausible alternatives to short term policies that may avoid the long term adversity he envisions now. He points out the downplayed realities of the twentieth century, a period dominated by technological achievement and the affluence of some, that actually was dominated by violence and a widening of wealth gaps. This pattern, he predicts, will lead to a new feudalism if action is not taken to redirect the socio-political tendencies now in place.

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Editorial Reviews

Argues that the transition from the 20th to the 21st century is likely to mirror, culturally, politically, and economically, the experience of Europe's transition from the 13th to the 14th century. The weakening of the state, the waning of American hegemony, the growth of global economic structures, growing millenialism, and a loss of faith in rationality are all examined and compared to the time period the author terms the core of the Middle Ages. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761813514
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 4/15/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 538
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Stewart Goodwin is Managing Director and a founder of Tessellar Investments, Ltd. and is the author of The Arc of the Pendulum (University Press of America, 1996).

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Table of Contents

chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 Getting Oriented: The Middle Ages of the Mind; Ripening Conditions; Millennialism chapter 3 Facing Reality: Faith's Role; Geopolitical Laminates; The Uncontrollables; The Great Game and Other Contests chapter 4 Making Choices: Asian Pressures; Mexican Keystone; American Blueprint; The Middle Ages of the Next Millennium chapter 5 Bibliography chapter 6 Index

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