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Users Guide to the Crisis of Civiliby Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
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It often seems that different crises are competing to devastate civilization. This book argues that financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages need to be considered as part of the same ailing system. Most accounts of our contemporary global crises such as climate change, or the threat of terrorism, focus on one area, or another, to the exclusion of others. Nafeez Ahmed argues that the unwillingness of experts to look outside their specialisations explains why there is so much disagreement and misunderstanding about particular crises. This book attempts to investigate all of these crises, not as isolated events, but as trends and processes that belong to a single global system. We are therefore not dealing with a "clash of civilizations," as Huntington argued. Rather, we are dealing with a fundamental crisis of civilization itself. This book provides a stark warning of the consequences of failing to take a broad view of the problems facing the world.
Argues that the many world crises, including the financial meltdown, climate change and terrorism, are connected problems of a failing global system.
About the Author
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Development in London. He has taught international relations, contemporary history, empire and globalisation at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex and the Politics and History Unit, Brunel University. His previous books include The War on Truth: Disinformation and the Anatomy of Terrorism (2005) and Behind the War on Terror: Western Secret Strategy and the Struggle for Iraq (2003).
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements * Introduction * 1. Climate Catastrophe * 2. Energy Scarcity * 3. Food Insecurity * 4. Economic Instability * 5. International Terrorism * 6. The Militarization Tendency * 7. Diagnosis - Interrogating the Global Political Economy * 8. Prognosis - The Post-Carbon Revolution and the Renewal of Civilization * Afterword * Notes and References * Index
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