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

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 38%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $5.06
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 77%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $5.06   
  • New (7) from $13.68   
  • Used (10) from $5.06   


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.

Read More Show Less

What People Are Saying

Paul L. Wachtel
"What a sequel [to Neurotic Styles] it is! ...the keeness of Shaapiro's observations and his virtuoso use of language as an analytical tool are, if anything, eeven more impressive."
Philip S. Holzman
"A brilliant continuation of his classicNeurotic Styles. This work, which moves the frontiers of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic thinking packed with clinical wisdom, profound implications for a theory of pathology, and sharp, clarifying insights about complex behaviors."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465004089
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/19/2003
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 518
  • Sales rank: 1,270,352
  • 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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Nations and Empires 1
From Sarajevo to Hiroshima 67
The Technological Surprise 69
The Dynamic of Total War 91
The Leninist Myth About Imperialism 115
War and the Total State 135
Necessity and Accidents 155
The Secular Religions 161
Democratic and Totalitarian States 163
The Future of Secular Religions 177
From Marxism to Stalinism 203
The Expansion of Stalinism 225
The Imperial Republic 243
Prologue: The Island-Continent 245
The United States and the International System 263
The End of Colonial Empires 405
What Empires Cost and What Profits They Bring 407
Indochina 419
The Algerian Tragedy 423
Algeria and the Republic 453
The Dawn of Universal History 461
Endnotes 487
Provenance of the Texts 502
Index 505
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)