Minutes to Midnight, 2nd Edition

Minutes to Midnight, 2nd Edition

By Paul Dukes

The book examines the evolution of the predicament symbolised by the setting of the Doomsday Clock at a few minutes to midnight in the context of the Anthropocene Era from 1763, making special reference to the study of history.

Paperback, 250 Pages

ISBN:9781785274985

October 2020

£17.99, $24.95

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About This Book

In 1947, the Doomsday Clock was created by a group of atomic scientists to symbolise the perils facing humanity from nuclear weapons. In 2007, it was set five minutes before the final bell, including for the first time the threat of climate change as well as new developments in the life sciences and nanotechnology. This book aims at an analysis of the evolution of our present predicament throughout the Anthropocene Era beginning in 1763, making special reference to the history of the period, the study of the subject and major advances in the natural sciences.

Adam Smith and Adam Ferguson set out the basis for a scientific approach to the pre-industrial stages of historical development in the Enlightenment of the late eighteenth century, when the American and French revolutions created a vocabulary of modernity. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as the industrial revolution unfolded in several stages, nationalism, imperialism and totalitarianism were among the phenomena impeding the update of the Enlightenment programme as well as the fulfilment of the aspirations of 1776 and 1789. Our present predicament demands a rigorous examination of its origins and an assertion of a scientific pandisciplinary approach involving history and other academic specialisations.

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Born in Wallington, Surrey in 1934, Paul Dukes has history degrees from Cambridge, 1954, Washington, 1956 and London, 1964. He has been associated with Aberdeen University since 1964, with visiting appointments at Auckland and Cornell. He is the author of a wide range of publications on Russian, European and world histories.

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Preface; Chapter 1: Introduction: times and approaches; Chapter 2: Enlightenment and revolutions, 1763–1815; Chapter 3: Nations and –isms, 1815–1871; Chapter 4: Natural selection, 1871–1921; Chapter 5: From relativity to totalitarianism, 1921–1945; Chapter 6: Superpower, 1945–1968; Chapter 7: Planet Earth, 1968–1991; Chapter 8: Minutes to midnight, 1991–; Endnotes; Index.

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