A Concise History of the World Since 1945
States and Peoples
By (author) W. M. Spellman
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Concise History of the World Since 1945 by W. M. Spellman
Book DescriptionW. M. Spellman explores the past half-century, focusing on key topics such as human migration, science and technology, the environment, international business, religion and politics, and the break-up of Europe's overseas empires. Two central points of debate are examined: the struggle between centralized socialism and free-market capitalism; and the interaction between the forces of cultural fragmentation and the competing integrative forces of 'globalization' or world culture. The socialist paradigm was discredited with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, thereby ending the East-West Cold War conflict; but the second point of tension intensified during the final decade of the century and continues today. Nationalism, as defined by language, culture, and tradition, has frustrated efforts to transcend differences, and in some cases has led to bloody conflicts, while the forces of globalization erode the distinctiveness of the nation state. At the heart of recent debates over the primacy of market forces and economic globalization are two troublesome issues, both addressed in this book: the question of global equity, or the ever-expanding gulf between the developed 'North' and the developing 'South', and the environmental impact of development on the planet's delicate ecosystems. Authoritative and well-written, this is an ideal introductory guide for anyone with an interest in World history since the end of the Second World War, and the issues and challenges facing the globe today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781403917881
(197mm x 130mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 24-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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Uncertain Identity, Paperback (February 2008)
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W.M. Spellman explores the past half century focusing on key topics such as human migration, science and technology, international business, religion and politics and Empire. Authoritative and well-written, this is an ideal introductory guide for anyone with an interest in World history and the issues and challenges facing the globe today.
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Author Biography - W. M. Spellman
W.M. SPELLMAN is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, USA. His publications include The Global Community: Migration and the Making of the Modern World, 1500-2000 (2002) and the co-authored volume The West: Culture and Ideas (2003).
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