History Out of Control: Confronting Global Anarchy (Peter Cruttwell)

History Out of Control: Confronting Global Anarchy (Peter Cruttwell) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my History section. priced at just £4.00!

Totnes: Green Books Ltd, 1995, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Graphs; Tables;

From the cover: The recent debate over the apparent triumph of Western liberal democracy, and consequent assertions about the end of history, have made only passing reference to three inescapable facts: environmental destruction, overpopulation and the worldwide supremacy of the economic imperative the new secular theology. Yet these are set to become a single cataclysmic challenge to humanitys accustomed ways in the 21st century.

In this book Peter Cruttwell puts the current status quo in perspective by assessing three famous universal theories of history -Spenglers The Decline of the West, and those of Toynbee and Hegel to see how they have stood up to the test of time. He concludes that they each have something of value to contribute to our response to the deadly and unprecedented challenges that we now face, but argues for a simpler theory of history, based on three drives (Subsistential, Metaphysical and Power) by which we human beings have striven to control our world. Yet these drives to control have now failed as a result of our own success in alienating nature and creating a world committed to economic activity and growth for its own sake.

The author traces the political causes of todays economic anarchy to the death of community and of the nation-state, which has allowed the economic imperative to emerge as the dominant measure of human activity. He argues that the only strategy which addresses simultaneously all the interlinked aspects of the crisis is for each nation-state to commit itself to self-sufficiency within its natural constraints (what Aristotle called Autarky), so that the madness of todays Global Village will cease to impose undeliverable demands on the earth and its inhabitants.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a diagonal crease to the top corner of the upper panel, matched on the upper board which is knocked at the foredge, with heavy fading to the margins of the same. Text complete, clean and tight.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XV] 240 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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