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A Political History of the World By Jonathan Holslag

A Political History of the World
by Jonathan Holslag

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A Political History of the World: Three Thousand Years of War and Peace by Jonathan Holslag

A three-thousand year history of the world that examines the causes of war and the search for peace

In three thousand years of history, China has spent at least eleven centuries at war. The Roman Empire was in conflict during at least 50 per cent of its lifetime. Since 1776, the United States has spent over one hundred years at war. The dream of peace has been universal in the history of humanity. So why have we so rarely been able to achieve it?

In A Political History of the World, Jonathan Holslag has produced a sweeping history of the world, from the Iron Age to the present, that investigates the causes of conflict between empires, nations and peoples and the attempts at diplomacy and cosmopolitanism. A birds-eye view of three thousand years of history, the book illuminates the forces shaping world politics from Ancient Egypt to the Han Dynasty, the Pax Romana to the rise of Islam, the Peace of Westphalia to the creation of the United Nations.

This truly global approach enables Holslag to search for patterns across different eras and regions, and explore larger questions about war, diplomacy, and power. Has trade fostered peace? What are the limits of diplomacy? How does environmental change affect stability? Is war a universal sin of power? At a time when the threat of nuclear war looms again, this is a much-needed history intended for students of international politics, and anyone looking for a background on current events.

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About Jonathan Holslag


Jonathan Holslag teaches international politics at the Free University Brussels. He is the author of several books including China's Coming War with Asia and Trapped Giant. He is a special advisor to the Vice-President of the European Commission, a Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, a member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, and a Nobel Fellow at the Nobel Institute in Oslo. He has appeared on CNN, the BBC, Bloomberg, CCTV and Al Jazeera, and written for newspapers such as the Financial Times and the Guardian.

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GOR010235388
A Political History of the World: Three Thousand Years of War and Peace by Jonathan Holslag
Jonathan Holslag
Pelican Books
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2019-10-03
656
0241395569
9780241395561
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