The Dawn of Universal History: Selected Essays from a Witness to the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

The Dawn of Universal History: Selected Essays from a Witness to the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by Raymond Aron
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465004083

ISBN-13: 9780465004089

Pub. Date: 08/19/2003

Publisher: Basic Books

In this collection of newly translated essays, philosopher and sociologist Raymond Aron chronicles the twentieth century with the authority of an active participant. Combining objectivity with incisive questioning, Aron's reading of movements and people reminds us of what was really at stake. Whether charting the rise of Fascism and Marxism and their respective

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In this collection of newly translated essays, philosopher and sociologist Raymond Aron chronicles the twentieth century with the authority of an active participant. Combining objectivity with incisive questioning, Aron's reading of movements and people reminds us of what was really at stake. Whether charting the rise of Fascism and Marxism and their respective descents into totalitarianism, or the United States's role as the world's last remaining superpower, Aron was a nondogmatic thinker who emphasized realism over any devotion to theory. The result is history that is less concerned about where it falls on the political spectrum than about getting it right.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465004089
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
08/19/2003
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
518
Sales rank:
1,099,874
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.32(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Nations and Empires1
From Sarajevo to Hiroshima67
The Technological Surprise69
The Dynamic of Total War91
The Leninist Myth About Imperialism115
War and the Total State135
Necessity and Accidents155
The Secular Religions161
Democratic and Totalitarian States163
The Future of Secular Religions177
From Marxism to Stalinism203
The Expansion of Stalinism225
The Imperial Republic243
Prologue: The Island-Continent245
The United States and the International System263
The End of Colonial Empires405
What Empires Cost and What Profits They Bring407
Indochina419
The Algerian Tragedy423
Algeria and the Republic453
The Dawn of Universal History461
Endnotes487
Provenance of the Texts502
Index505

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