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Totalitarianism, Globalization, Colonialism The Destruction of Civilization Since 1914 by Harry Redner

Totalitarianism, Globalization, Colonialism The Destruction of Civilization Since 1914


Totalitarianism, Globalization, Colonialism The Destruction of Civilization Since 1914 by Harry Redner

The century that began in 1914 with the outbreak of the First World War was catastrophic. Over the course of that one-hundred-year span, civilizations were destroyed in the Old World, the New World, and the Third World, the latter represented by China, India, and Islam. In Europe the main agent of destruction was totalitarianism; in America it was globalization, ushered in by modernity; and in the non-Western world it was colonialism, followed later by totalitarianism and globalization. Harry Redner examines each of these processes, providing theoretical and historical accounts of their emergence. He considers the effects of Nazism and Bolshevism on the morale and morals of Europe; studies the effects on the United States of the nation's emergence as a major world power; and describes the impact of modernization on China, India, and Islam as they underwent Europeanization, Sovietization, and Americanization. Redner confronts us with a paradox: in the midst of unprecedented material affluence and organizational efficiency, one that uses advanced technologies and cutting-edge scientific knowledge, we are also sinking into an unprecedented cultural, moral, intellectual, and spiritual decline. He locates the origins of this condition in the violently contradictory processes of the twentieth century.


For those interested in a broad overview of the effects of modernity and globalization, the book is indispensable... Highly recommended. -S. C. Ward, Choice Explores the replacement of unique worldwide civilizations with one unified global culture. -Book News

About the Author

Harry Redner was Reader at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and has been visiting professor at Yale University, University of California-Berkeley, and Harvard University. He is the author of Beyond Civilization; Totalitarianism, Globablization, and Colonialism; The Tragedy of European Civilization, and other books.

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Publication date

30th June 2016


Harry Redner

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Transaction Publishers an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc


354 pages


Political ideologies
General & world history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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