The End of History and the Last Man

The End of History and the Last Man

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In 1989, Francis Fukuyama began an explosive debate about the future of the world in the post-Cold War era with an article entitled "The End of History and the Last Man". This seminal book expands on his original work to address the fundamental and far-reaching themes of the new millennium. The result is nothing short of an historical and philosophical primer for the onslaught of the 21st century. 'In the mastery and scope of its case, "The End of History and the Last Man" may be seen as the first book of the post-Marxist millennium - the first work fully to fathom the depth and range of the changes now sweeping through the world' - George Gilder, the "Washington Post".show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 134 x 208 x 36mm | 458.13g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0140134557
  • 9780140134551
  • 170,284

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First published in 1992, this important and controversial book explores Fukuyama's theory that there is a coherent and directional history of mankind, and that liberal democracy is the end point of that journey. While we haven't all achieved the ideal, the ideal itself cannot be improved on - we have reached the end of History. Not surprisingly, this audacious, soundly argued book provoked a huge amount of debate. (Kirkus UK)show more

Table of contents

Part 1 An old question asked anew: our pessimism; the weakness of strong states 1; the weakness of strong states 2, or, eating pineapples on the moon; the worldwide liberal revolution. Part 2 The old age of mankind: an idea for a universal history; the mechanism of desire; no barbarians at the gates; accumulation without end; the victory of the VCR; in the land of education; the former question answered; no democracy without democrats. Part 3 The struggle for recognition: in the beginning, a battle to the death for pure prestige; the first man; a vacation in Bulgaria; the beast with red cheeks; the rise and fall of Thymos; lordship and bondage; the universal and homogeneous state; Part 4 Leaping over Rhodes: the coldest of all cold monsters; the thymotic origins of work; empires of resentment, empires of deference; the unreality of "realism"; the power of the powerless; national interests; toward a pacific union. Part 5 The last man: in the realm of freedom; men without chests; free and unequal; perfect rights and defective duties; immense wars of the more

About Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama was born in Chicago in 1952. His work includes America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy and After the Neo Cons: Where the Right went Wrong. He now lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and children, where he also works as a part time more