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9780197510612

History's Fools The Pursuit of Idealism and the Revenge of Politics

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    9780197510612

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    0197510612

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/01/2020
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

The end of the Cold War announced a new world order. Liberal democracy prevailed, ideological conflict abated, and world politics set off for the promised land of a secular, cosmopolitan, market-friendly end of history. Or so it seemed. Thirty years later, this unipolar worldview-- premised on
shared values, open markets, open borders and abstract social justice--lies in tatters. What happened?

David Martin Jones examines the progressive ideas behind liberal Western practice since the end of the twentieth century, at home and abroad. This mentality, he argues, took an excessively long view of the future and a short view of the past, abandoning politics in favour of ideas, and failing to
address or understand rejection of liberal norms by non-Western 'others'. He explores the inevitable consequences of this liberal hubris: political and economic confusion, with the chaotic results we have seen. Finally, he advocates a return to more sceptical political thinking-- with prudent
statecraft abroad, and defence of political order at home--in order to rescue the West from its widely advertised demise.

History's Fools is a timely account of the failed project to shape the world in the West's image, and an incisive call for a return to 'true' politics.

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