The Dawn Of Universal History: Selected Essays From A Witness To The Twentieth Century

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Basic Books, 16. jun. 2009 - 554 strani
In this collection of essays written over a period of almost forty years, Raymond Aron explores the rise of nationalism in Europe through the two world wars and the subsequent disintegration of her empires. With a richness of detail and sweeping breadth of historical examples, he chronicles and analyzes the history of the opposite ideological extremes of Fascism and Marxism and their descent into totalitarianism via secular religiosity. Aron also examines French imperialism through the examples of Algeria and Indochina, as well as America's role as an "imperial republic" during and after World War II. Aron was never orthodox in his ideology; neither his republican political penchants nor his dialectical intellectual orientation ever gained the upper hand over his devotion to empirical reality. The result here is an intellectual history that seems less concerned about where it falls on the political spectrum than about getting it right.
 

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This collection of essays and book excerpts covering seminal moments in the political history of the 20th century by French intellectual and Le Figaro columnist Aron-who died in Paris in 1983-might be ... Celotno mnenje

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The Technological Surprise
69
The Dynamic of Total War
91
THE SECULAR RELIGIONS
161
The Future of Secular Religions
177
From Marxism to Stalinism
203
The Expansion of Stalinism
225
THE IMPERIAL REPUBLIC
243
The United States and the International System
263
T H E E N D OF COLONIAL E M P L RES
405
Indochina
419
Algeria and the Republic
453
THE DAWN OF UNIVERSAL HISTORY
461
Endnotes
487
Provenance of the Texts
502
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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.

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