The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization

The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization

by Peter Zeihan
The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization

The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization

by Peter Zeihan


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2019 was the last great year for the world economy.

For generations, everything has been getting faster, better, and cheaper. Finally, we reached the point that almost anything you could ever want could be sent to your home within days - even hours - of when you decided you wanted it.

America made that happen, but now America has lost interest in keeping it going.

Globe-spanning supply chains are only possible with the protection of the U.S. Navy. The American dollar underpins internationalized energy and financial markets. Complex, innovative industries were created to satisfy American consumers. American security policy forced warring nations to lay down their arms. Billions of people have been fed and educated as the American-led trade system spread across the globe.

All of this was artificial. All this was temporary. All this is ending.

In The End of the World is Just the Beginning, author and geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan maps out the next world: a world where countries or regions will have no choice but to make their own goods, grow their own food, secure their own energy, fight their own battles, and do it all with populations that are both shrinking and aging.

The list of countries that make it all work is smaller than you think. Which means everything about our interconnected world - from how we manufacture products, to how we grow food, to how we keep the lights on, to how we shuttle stuff about, to how we pay for it all - is about to change.

A world ending. A world beginning. Zeihan brings readers along for an illuminating (and a bit terrifying) ride packed with foresight, wit, and his trademark irreverence. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063230477
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 06/14/2022
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 22,639
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist and the founder of the consulting firm Zeihan on Geopolitics. His clients include energy corporations, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities, and the U.S. military. He is the author of The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower. He lives in Colorado.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Section I The End of an Era

How the Beginning Began 9

Enter the Accidental Superpower 25

And Now for Something Completely Different 36

The Story of … Us 42

History Speeds Up 47

Learning a Scary Word 62

The End of More 68

Messy, Messy Models 80

The Last Bits of More 89

A Quick Note from the Author … and Moscow 105

Section II Transport

The Long, Long Road 109

Breaking Free: Industrializing Transport 117

The Americanization of Trade 123

The Great Unmaking 136

Harbors in the Storm 148

Section III Finance

Currencies: Navigating the Road Less Traveled 163

Adventures in Capital 179

Disaster Is Relative 195

The End of More, Redux: Demographics and Capital 199

A Credit Compendium 204

Finagling Future Financing Failures 211

Section IV Energy

Harpooning Progress 221

The Order's Order for Oil 228

The Map of Oil: Contemporary Edition 232

There's More to Oil than Oil 249

Fueling the Future 276

Section V Industrial Materials

Disassembling History 281

The Essential Materials 291

The Future Materials 297

The Always Materials 302

The Funky Materials 307

The Reliable Materials 311

This Is How the World Ends 319

Section VI Manufacturing

Crafting the World We Know 323

The Map of the Present 335

The Map of the Future 351

Manufacturing a New World 374

Section VII Agriculture

What's at Stake 391

The Geopolitics of Vulnerability 404

Avoiding-or Accepting-the Worst 416

Mitigating Famine 424

Expanding the Diet, Shrinking the Diet 432

Agriculture and Climate Change 442

Feeding a New World 457

The Long Ride of the Third Horseman 469

Epilogue 471

Acknowledgments 477

Index 483

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