HENRY KISSINGER    Book Number: 85838    Product format: Hardback

World Order is the summation of Henry Kissinger's thinking about history, strategy and statecraft. It examines the great tectonic plates of history and the motivations of nations, explaining the attitudes that states and empires have taken to the rest of the world from the formation of Europe to our own times. Kissinger identifies four great 'world orders' in history - the European, Islamic, Chinese and American. Since the end of Charlemagne's empire, and especially since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, Europeans have striven for balance in international affairs, first in their own continent and then globally. Islamic states have looked to their destined expansion over regions populated by unbelievers, a position exemplified by Iran under the ayatollahs. For over 2000 years the Chinese have seen 'all under Heaven' as being tributary to the Chinese Emperor. Rome imagined itself surrounded by barbarians. Islam considered itself the world's sole legitimate political unit designed to expand indefinitely until the world was brought into harmony by religious principles. America views itself as a 'city on a hill', a beacon to the world, whose values have universal applicability of democracy. How have these attitudes evolved and how have they shaped the histories of their nations, regions, and the rest of the world? What has happened when they have meet each other? How have they balanced legitimacy and power at different times? What is the condition of each in our contemporary world, and how are they shaping relations between states now? To answer these questions Henry Kissinger draws upon a lifetime's historical study and unmatched experience as a world statesman, policymaker and diplomat. His account is shot through with observations about how historical change takes place, how some leaders shape their times and others fail to do so, and how far states can stray from the ideas which define them. Covers violent conflict, proliferating technology and ideological extremism. A masterpiece of narrative, analysis and portraits of great historical actors in Nixon's administration's negotiations with Hanoi over Vietnam and Reagan with Gorbachev and the future of U.S.-China relations and the E.U. 420 pages, remainder mark.
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