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Riassunto: How should we understand the twentieth century? Some writers have responded to the past by lapsing into deep historical pessimism, for this was the century of genocide, of Hitler and Stalin, the most brutal and bloody era of human history. Others look for signs of human progress, in the advance of women's rights, the development of science, and the decolonization of the Third World.
The approach of this book is different. The authors take their cue from Rosa Luxemburg's famous prediction that this would be the century of "socialism or barbarism." One possibility, she believed, was that the world would experience years of colonial plunder, misery and war. Alternatively, a different system would emerge, based on planning and collective discussion, and putting human needs before profit. From the perspective of these essays, Rosa Luxemburg's choice has not yet been decided, and the last hundred years have witnessed both human progress and human retreat, an uneasy combination of reaction and reform.
Individual essays address key questions for historians of the twentieth century, including: Did women's condition improve? Why were hopes of transformation thrown away? What is globalization and when did it begin?
L'autore: A graduate of St John's College Oxford, David Renton has taught at Rhodes University, South Africa and is currently a history lecturer in England. His most recent books are Fascism: Theory and Practice and Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain in the 1940s. Keith Flett is an active socialist and trade unionist who convenes the socialist history seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. He has published numerous articles and pamphlets on nineteenth and twentieth century British labor history and is a well known contributor to debates in journals and British newspapers.
Titolo: The Twentieth Century: A Century of Wars and...
Casa editrice: Rivers Oram Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2000
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Rivers Oram Press, 2000. Condizione libro: Very Good. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Codice libro della libreria GRP83392320
Descrizione libro Rivers Oram Press, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG1854891278