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At the dawn of the twenty-first century, three ideas dominate the world: peace as the preferred basis for relations between and among different countries, democracy as the optimal way to organize political life, and free markets as the indispensable vehicle for the creation of wealth. While not practiced everywhere, these ideas have--for the first time in history--no serious rivals. And although the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were terrible and traumatic, they did not "change everything," as so many commentators have asserted. Instead, these events served to illuminate even more brightly the world that emerged from the end of the Cold War.

In The Ideas That Conquered the World, Michael Mandelbaum describes the uneven spread (over the past two centuries) of peace, democracy, and free markets from the wealthy and powerful countries of the world's core, where they originated, to the weaker and poorer countries of its periphery. And he assesses the prospects for these ideas in the years to come, giving particular attention to the United States, which bears the greatest responsibility for protecting and promoting them, and to Russia, China, and the Middle East, in which they are not well established and where their fate will affect the rest of the world.

Drawing on history, politics, and economics, this incisive book provides a clear and original guide to the main trends of the twenty-first century, from globalization to terrorism, through the perspective of one of our era's most provocative thinkers.

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This is a paperbound reprint of a 2002 book about which Book News wrote: Continuing in the same tradition as Francis Fukuyama's The End of History, political science professor (and senior fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations) Mandelbaum continues the argument that capitalism and democracy are inextricably linked and that so-called "free markets" have emerged as indisputably triumphant in the world of contesting political and economic ideas. In exploring the political affairs of the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and China, he advances two propositions about liberal democracies that may seem surprising to observers of the current international scene: that democracies tend to conduct peaceful foreign affairs and that free markets naturally lead to democracy.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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One of America's leading foreign policy thinkers provides an "important and compelling" look at today's new power realities

Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times

Synopsis:

One of America's leading foreign policy thinkers provides an "important and compelling" look at today's new power realities

Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times

Synopsis:

Peace, Democracy and Free Markets in the Twenty-first Century, with a New Epilogue. New in Paperback.

About the Author

Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the author of eight previous books, including The Meaning of Sports and The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy and Free Markets in the Twenty-first Century.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586482060
Author:
Mandelbaum, Michael
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
General
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
World
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 21 oz

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Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times

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