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The World at 2000: Perils and Promises
     

The World at 2000: Perils and Promises

by Fred Halliday
 

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Beneath the millennial shine of political optimism and technological advance lurk a set of deep uncertainties: global inequality is growing; weapons of mass destruction are spreading; strident assertions of identity divide peoples and states; overall, there is a marked lack of effective co-ordination and reduced confidence in the power of people, ideas and

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Beneath the millennial shine of political optimism and technological advance lurk a set of deep uncertainties: global inequality is growing; weapons of mass destruction are spreading; strident assertions of identity divide peoples and states; overall, there is a marked lack of effective co-ordination and reduced confidence in the power of people, ideas and democratic processes to achieve change. This important book by a leading observer of International Relations provides a critical but cautiously optimistic assessment of the state and prospects of the world at 2000.

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go out and get it...there is something to think about on almost every page. International Affairs

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Go out and get it...there is something to think about on almost every page.
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Perhaps forgetting that it is not the world but a particular calendar that has turned 2000, Halliday (international relations, London School of Economics) offers a critical but cautiously optimistic assessment of the state and prospects of the world. He looks at war and the possibilities of peace, globalization, the relationship between the US and the rest of the world, democracy, global and national values, and other dimensions. Overall he finds a marked lack of effective coordination and reduced confidence in the power of the people, ideas, and democratic processes to achieve change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333945353
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

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'A real winner by a first-rate scholar. Accessible and thoughtful, this stands out as the best among the many current texts on global prospects. It deserves to command intense interest from both scholars and students.' - Charles W. Kegley, Jr., Pearce Professor of International Relations, University of South Carolina and President, International Studies Association, 1993-1994

'[A] perceptive analysis of contemporary world politics.' - Tony McGrew, New Political Economy

'...good overview for newcomers to key themes.' - A. Williams, London Guildhall University

'If you do not [already have this book] go out and get it...In 150 pages it gives a critical picture of the state of the world and a no less critical picture of the ways in which we try to understand and to deal with it.' - Robert Cooper, International Affairs

'[A] broad and invaluable overview of some extremely controversial and potent issues...lively, thought-provoking and well-argued...striking in the range of its coverage...as well as the accessibility of its arguments.' - Amrita Narlikar, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'...penetrating and incisive survey of the state of the world at the dawn of the new millennium...this little book packs a remarkable and urgently needed punch.' - Dr Peadar Kirby, Irish Times

Meet the Author

FRED HALLIDAY is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of many books including Rethinking International Relations and Revolution and World Politics. A leading authority on superpower relations, development issues, the Middle East and IR theory he is a prolific lecturer and broadcaster.

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