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An Age of Progress?

An Age of Progress?

Clashing Twentieth-Century Global Forces

By Walter G. Moss

An enthralling analysis of the defining social and political events of the twentieth century.

Hardback, 354 Pages

ISBN:9781843313014

May 2008

£20.00, $35.00

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About This Book

Modern society has operated under the assumption that technological developments and the production of material goods intrinsically lead to improvement in the overall welfare of individuals and nations. However, Walter G. Moss provides a more analytical reading of the main trends of the twentieth century, and offers a gripping introduction to the defining themes of the recent past. His history is an accomplished review, dealing with the complexities and subtleties of this beguiling epoch with the adeptness that has made his previous historical works such resounding successes.

‘An Age of Progress?’ is an advanced examination of major twentieth-century global developments regarding violence; capitalism, socialism and communism; imperialism, racism, nationalism, westernization, globalization, and international finance; freedom and human rights; physical and mental environmental changes; and culture, science, education, religion, and social criticism. Moss then concludes his momentous study by exploring the ways in which the twentieth century made significant progress -- and the ways in which it had not.

This is an exemplary text for advanced students of twentieth-century global history, particularly within a seminar setting, and for general readers seeking to increase their basic knowledge of the subject. It can also be used as background reading for courses in International Relations and for those interested in international business and international cooperation.

Reviews

'[Moss’s] insights always are intriguing, his conclusions often unexpected, his opinions judicious. This is far more than a history of the twentieth century: it is a sobering guide to the lasting import of what has happened.' —H. J. de Blij, Professor of Geography at Michigan State University and author of ‘Why Geography Matters’


'This is a lucid and compelling reckoning of the issues, events, and ideas that made the twentieth century a time of humanity’s greatest advances and its worst atrocities, a time of boundless hope and crushing despair.' —Mark Leier, Professor of History at Simon Fraser University and author of ‘Bakunin: the Creative Passion’


'Elegantly, comprehensively, insightfully, Walter Moss carries us through the twentieth century's record of progress and violence, promise and disappointment to an appreciation of the challenges we face in the twenty-first century.' — Joyce Applebly, Professor Emeritus, UCLA and former President of the American Historical Association

Author Information

Walter G. Moss is a Professor of History in the Department of History & Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University.

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Table of Contents

1. A Century of Violence; 2. Science, Technology and the Acceleration of Change; 3. Capitalism, Socialism and Communism; 4. Imperialism, Nationalism and Globalization; 5. Freedom and Human Rights; 6. Changing Environments; 7. Culture and Social Criticism; 8. Values and Virtues; 9. An Age of Progress?

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