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The Coming Anarchy

The Coming Anarchy (Hardback)

By Kaplan, Robert D.

The Coming Anarchy first appeared as a cover story in the Atlantic and has shaped a new paradigm of world disorder. It continues to be debated and cited in Washington, on talk shows, TV and in Universities. Kaplan is not afraid to say what no one else would dare -- that is why he... has become a hero to many, and a flashpoint for debate. The Coming Anarchy is Kaplan at his most controversial. He argues that democracy is dangerous, that universal peace is a criminal illusion, that the random violence we fear (such as Littleton) is emerging as a lasting strategic threat. We are entering a bifurcated world, Kaplan writes. Part of the globe is inhabited by Hegel and Fukuyama's Last Man, healthy, well fed, and pampered by technology. The other, larger, part is inhabited by Hobbes' First Man, condemned to a life that is 'poor, nasty, brutish, and short.' In a devastating condemnation of democracy in the developing world, he writes: Democracies do not always make societies more civil -- but they do always mercilessly expose the health of the societies in which they operate...My point, hard as it may be for an American to accept, is that Russia may be failing in part because it is a democracy and China may be succeeding in part because it is not. Ten years ago we had Fukuyama's End of History and The Last Man, a national bestseller that provided an intellectual framework for our understanding of the post cold war world. The Coming Anarchy is Kaplan's corrective. He turns Fukuyama on his head and says that war, not peace is the future -- anarchy and random violence, not democracy. Expect a revolution -- he's never been wrong before.
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ISBN 9780375503542
Released NZ 1 Sep 2000
Publisher Random House
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780375503542
Stock Out of stock
Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House USA Inc
Released 1 Sep 2000
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Kaplan, Robert D.
Category World History
World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
Political Science & Theory
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 21mm
Dewey Code 909.829
Weight 367g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Post-communism, World politics - 1989-, 1989-
NBS Text Political Science & Theory
ONIX Text General/trade