World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History

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In World Order, Henry Kissinger - one of the leading practitioners of world diplomacy and author of On China - makes his monumental investigation into the 'tectonic plates' of global history and state relations

World Order is the summation of Henry Kissinger's thinking about history, strategy and statecraft. As if taking a perspective from far above the globe, 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 today by Iran under the ayatollahs. For over 2000 years the Chinese have seen 'all under Heaven' as being tributary to the Chinese Emperor. America views itself as a 'city on a hill', a beacon to the world, whose values have universal validity.

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 come into contact with 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. 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. World Order is a masterpiece of narrative, analysis and portraits of great historical actors that only Henry Kissinger could have written.

HENRY KISSINGER served in the US Army during the Second World War and subsequently held teaching posts in history and government at Harvard University for twenty years. He served as National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and has advised many other American presidents on foreign policy. He received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty, among other awards. He is the author of numerous books and articles on foreign policy and diplomacy, and is currently Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.

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Henry Kissinger is almost unique in contemporary politics in combining deep intellect with a remarkable record of practical statesmanship. His latest book is as magisterial as all his others ... its real value lies in Kissinger's historical perspective ... Kissinger argues all [his] points brilliantly (Jonathan Powell Daily Telegraph)

A brilliantly conceived and executed book even by Henry Kissinger's very high standards ... In keeping with his admirable custom, he summarizes vast and complex matters with the simple authority of someone who thoroughly commands the material and has learned his art by study and practice, and this volume showcases his erudition, which flows evenly and elegantly throughout ... World Order is brilliant from start to finish, including its treatment of Iranian-American relations, Israel and Palestine, nuclear proliferation, and the dangers of cyber war. The author's talents bear comparison with some of the foreign ministers whose careers he describes, including Talleyrand and Metternich; he has produced a work of genius (New Criterion Conrad Black)

A confident, neatly-constructed world pageant (Rory Stewart MP Sunday Times)

Part history, part lecture, part memoir ... Kissinger's conclusion deserves to be read and understood by all candidates ahead of the 2016 presidential election. World order depends on it (Lionel Barber Financial Times)

Henry Kissinger ... still has remarkable influence. Reading this book, you can see why ... the wit, clarity and concision of his chapters on Europe, America and jihadism are bracing ( Economist)

The clarity of [Kissinger's] thinking [is] abundantly in evidence in this admirable book ... The Foreign Office would do well to read it from beginning to end (Christopher Meyer The Times)

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Descrizione libro Allen Lane/Penguin Books, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. First edition. 16 x 24 cm. In this book, Henry Kissinger begins to analyse the concept of a world order. He looks at the past scenario in global peace relations, and draws on his thoughts for the near future. Dwelling on India, Europe, China and the Middle East, he describes the current scenario and examines how the seemingly dissimilar governments interact with each other. He compares the Westphalian model of sovereign states with equal status within the system that is prominent in Europe to the Islamic system based on a wider idea of an ?ummah?, or community. He shows how the very concept of ?order? is very different from one model of government to another. He also shows how a model which seems only natural and commonplace to its practitioners may appear alien and even counter-intuitive to others. He writes that this is usually falsely attributed to the cultural differences, debating against the proponents of the ?clash of civilizations? theory. A realist through and through, Kissinger writes with clear thoughts in his mind, emphasizing that there can be a world order, just not one that everyone can agree about. Printed Pages: 419. Codice libro della libreria 79179

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Descrizione libro Allen Lane/Penguin Books, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. First edition. 16 x 24 cm. In this book, Henry Kissinger begins to analyse the concept of a world order. He looks at the past scenario in global peace relations, and draws on his thoughts for the near future. Dwelling on India, Europe, China and the Middle East, he describes the current scenario and examines how the seemingly dissimilar governments interact with each other. He compares the Westphalian model of sovereign states with equal status within the system that is prominent in Europe to the Islamic system based on a wider idea of an “ummah”, or community. He shows how the very concept of “order” is very different from one model of government to another. He also shows how a model which seems only natural and commonplace to its practitioners may appear alien and even counter-intuitive to others. He writes that this is usually falsely attributed to the cultural differences, debating against the proponents of the “clash of civilizations” theory. A realist through and through, Kissinger writes with clear thoughts in his mind, emphasizing that there can be a world order, just not one that everyone can agree about. Printed Pages: 419. Codice libro della libreria 79179

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Descrizione libro Allen Lane, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. As Henry Kissinger observes in this magisterial book, there has never been a true world order. For most of history, civilizations have defined their own concepts of order, each one envisioning its distinct principles as universally relevant. Now, as international affairs take place on a global basis, these historic concepts of world order are meeting. Every region participates in questions of high policy in every other, often instantaneously - yet there is no consensus among the major actors about the rules and limits guiding this process, or its ultimate destination. The result is mounting tension. Blending historical insight with prognostication, World Order is a meditation from one of our era's most prominent diplomats on the 21st century's ultimate challenge: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historic perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology and ideological extremism. Codice libro della libreria 114457

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Descrizione libro Allen Lane, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110241004268

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