History of the Future

History of the Future : The Shape of the World to Come Is Visible Today

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History of the Future presents a set of ideas about where we are in history. It focuses on the great majority of people in each society, and shows that life in the modern world will be almost completely different from all previous human experience. The present time is best understood as a period of transition during which one country after another is following along parallel paths from traditional to modern. The process of becoming modern is so powerful that it will have similar effects on all countries. Therefore one can predict the future of countries still undergoing this change by looking at the history of countries which have already completed their transition. Singer asserts that a "war system" has long existed in which the central concern of nations has been to protect their security by military forces and alliances. He makes the dramatic claim that, because of the inherent nature of modern countries, there will be no war system in any region populated solely by modern countries-as illustrated by the current situation in Western Europe-even though human character will not have improved. However, despite the fact that poverty, tyranny, and war will be largely eliminated, the modern world may be worse for people than the traditional world because most of the things that shaped human character will be obsolete.show more

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  • Hardback | 198 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739164864
  • 9780739164860

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Max Singer has done it again. In often beautiful, jargon-free prose, he explains the essence of modernity and why it is the way of the future. Anyone who wants to understand where the world of politics, economics, and freedom is headed must read this book. Singer has an amazing ability to make the complicated simple, straightforward and compelling. -- Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, New York University and the Hoover Institution This is the most brilliant, most important book of our time. Clearly and concisely, Max Singer explains why the Mideast is on fire, and why we are moving through history's most stunning transformation - to a time when virtually the entire human race will have joined the modern world. A History of the Future should be required reading by every foreign minister, every intelligence chief, and every head-of-state. -- Herbert E. Meyer, Vice Chairman of the CIA's National Intelligence Council Max Singer, who co-founded the Hudson Institute with Herman Kahn, is always full of original, provocative and sometimes mind-bending insights. You'll never look at a problem quite the same way again once you've read Max's assessment of it. -- Nicholas Eberstadt, American Enterprise Institute History of the Future points the way to victory, not merely for Republican or conservative candidates but for humanity. It's a knockout. American Thinker Freedom and progress are contagious, and societies that have them in abundance are role models to those that do not. In History of the Future, Hudson Institute co-founder and senior fellow Max Singer forecasts that modern civilization-as Japan, the United States, and other industrialized countries know it- will take root in every country around the world...History of the Future will be an inspiring read to anyone who wonders how the world might move beyond present difficulties. The Futuristshow more

About Max Singer

Max Singer is senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in the U.S. and at the BESA Institute of Bar Ilan University in Israel and an independent consultant on public policy.show more

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: The Known 1. Shaping History by Defining "Modern" 2. Where Does Wealth Come From and Why Is It Spreading? 3. Freedom 4. The Decline and Fall of the War System 5. The Jihadi Challenge and Islam in the Future Part II: The Not-Yet Known 6. Demography: How Personal Decisions Will Shape the World's Future 7. The Future of Work Epilogue: The Desperate Problems of the Future Note on the Relationship of the Ideas of Herman Kahn to this Book Bibliographical Commentsshow more

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