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
     
 

"A must read for every opponent of totalitarianism and partisan of a chastened or mature liberalism."— The New CriterionSee more details below

Overview

"A must read for every opponent of totalitarianism and partisan of a chastened or mature liberalism."— The New Criterion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465004089
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
08/19/2003
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
518
Sales rank:
1,364,305
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.32(d)

Meet the Author

One of the most important figures of French sociological commentary, Raymond Aron enjoyed a position of intellectual authority among his country's moderates and conservatives that rivaled Jean Paul Sartre's on the Left. His books include The Opium of the Intellectuals and Clausewitz: Philosopher of War. He died in 1983.

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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