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The World by Richard Haass
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May 12, 2020 | ISBN 9780593211137 | 624 Minutes

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“This book is a superb introduction to the world and global issues. Richard Haass has been able to write something that is brief, readable and yet comprehensive —marked throughout by his trademark intelligence and common sense.” —Fareed Zakaria

“A clear and concise account of the history, diplomacy, economics, and societal forces that have molded the modern global system.”Foreign Affairs

“Condensing so much complexity into a lucid 400 pages is no small accomplishment.” —The New York Times

“This is the book that explains how the world really works, how it is changing, and why it matters. Just what every citizen and student needs to read.” Madeleine Albright

“This terrific work delivers completely on its promise to provide readers with a basic understanding of the world. It is hard to imagine anyone more suited for this ambitious task than Richard Haass. His narrative flair, depth of experience, and wide-ranging knowledge sparkle on every page.” —Doris Kearns Goodwin
 
“Richard Haass has just reinvented the primer—something for everyone to read this summer. High school students, undergrads, grads in all disciplines and a few people in the nation’s capital will benefit.” —Rachel Kyte, Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

“An essential book—just what the world needs now to put things in perspective.” —Ray Dalio
 
“Richard Haass explains the world to us in a thoughtful, comprehensive and accessible way. At a time when our world is changing faster than ever—and becoming more interconnected and complex—it has never been more important to be globally literate. Our future depends on it.” —Arne Duncan

“A comprehensive analysis of our world—a valuable guide for every alert citizen as well as for scholars and students of international affairs.” New York Journal of Books
 
“We are all being bombarded by strong views designed to conjure up emotion over sound judgement, which makes it very grounding to have The World. It is a great read for anyone who wants to have a sound background before deciding to retweet the latest crazy article making the rounds!” —Kal Penn

“This is a great book that every high school and college student, as well as teachers and parents, should read. An indispensable resource to educate global citizens.” —Professor Fernando M. Reimers, Harvard Graduate School of Education

The World explains important concepts clearly and fairly and offers an excellent overview of global affairs…Those who read and even study The World will be educated, stimulated and challenged. They will become better global citizens.” Washington Diplomat 

“One core premise of this necessary book is that the three great scourges of our time—COVID-19, nuclear weaponry and climate change—cannot be resolved without a global outlook. Dr. Richard Haass, author of The World and 14 other books, is here to teach us. This book is aimed at a wide, inclusive audience. Haass’ style is fulsome yet facile. He guides us on a rich, region-by-region world tour. The most fascinating feature of each treatment is ‘looking ahead’—his fearless, in some cases, provocative analysis of what he feels is in store for a given corner of the globe.” Providence Journal 

Table Of Contents

CONTENTS
 
PREFACE    xv
 
PART I: THE ESSENTIAL HISTORY       1
From the Thirty Years’ War to the Outbreak of World War I (1618–1914)     5
From World War I Through World War II (1914–1945)      14
The Cold War (1945–1989)      29
The Post– Cold War Era (1989–Present)      43
 
PART II: REGIONS OF THE WORLD       59
Europe     67
East Asia and the Pacific     82
South Asia     97
The Middle East      111
Africa      131
The Americas      143
 
PART III: THE GLOBAL ERA        155
Globalization        159
Terrorism and Counterterrorism        166Nuclear Proliferation         173
Climate Change      183
Migration      193
The Internet, Cyberspace, and Cybersecurity      201
Global Health       208
Trade and Investment      215
Currency and Monetary Policy      230
Development      240
 
PART IV: ORDER AND DISORDER       251
Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and Balance of Power         257
Alliances and Coalitions      264
International Society                270
War Between Countries                280
Internal Instability and War Within Countries      288
The Liberal World Order      296
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS      305
WHERE TO GO FOR MORE    309
NOTES     315
INDEX    371

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