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History Strikes Back : How States, Nations, and Conflicts Are Shaping the 21st Century.

Author/Creator:
Vedrine, Hubert.
Publication:
New York, NY : Brookings Institution Press, 2008.
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1 online resource (159 pages)
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Subjects:
Balance of power.
International relations.
World politics -- 21st century.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
This translation of the French bestseller Continuer l'Histoire brings the powerful, articulate message of Hubert Védrine to an even wider audience. With the astute analysis and acerbic wit for which he is famous, the former French foreign minister offers an overview of world politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Critical of both the United States and Europe, he calls for a return to a more realist foreign policy, rejecting the ideological notions of recent years. In s tory Strikes Back: How States, Nations, and Conflicts Are Shaping the 21st Century, , Védrine takes issue with idealists who believe that states are no longer necessary and that globalization and free markets will automatically make a better world for all. Far from having ended, history continues to present major challenges. When the Eastern bloc collapsed, the West was quick to believe that it had won the battle of history and that its values would prevail everywhere. The ensuing years have belied that faith, however. In dealing with a newly multipolar world, Americans have been too bellicose and Europeans naïve. Védrine shows why Westerners need to discard the illusions that have guided their international relations for more than twenty years. He presents a realistic vision for building a better world and spells out what Europeans expect from the U.S. administration to come. The United States and Europe must partner for a new form of "smart Realpolitik" to guide their relations with emerging powers, manage globalization, and deal with environmental challenges.
Contents:
Cover
Title Page
Copyright Information
Table of Contents
Foreword
The West in Disarray
How to Build a Better World
A Europe That Knows What It Is and What It Wants
France in a Globalized World
Conclusion
Index
Back Cover.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Contributor:
Albright, Madeleine K.
Albright, Madeleine K.
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Print version: Vedrine, Hubert History Strikes Back
ISBN:
9780815701811
9780815789840
OCLC:
567901431