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An Age of Progress?

An Age of Progress?

Walter G. Moss


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‘An Age of Progress?’ is an advanced examination of major twentieth-century global developments regarding subjects as diverse as violence, capitalism, socialism and communism, imperialism, racism, nationalism, westernization, globalization, international finance, freedom and human rights, physical and mental environmental changes, culture, science, education, religion and social criticism. This momentous study also explores the ways in which the twentieth century made significant progress – and the ways in which it did not.

'‘An Age of Progress?’ is a remarkable book. Readable yet scholarly, balanced yet challenging, expansive yet detailed, the book is a sort of model for the way 'big' history should be written. If you seek insight into the meaning of the twentieth century for the twenty first, you should read this book.' —Marshall Poe, ‘New Books in History’

Modern society has operated under the assumption that technological developments and the production of material goods intrinsically lead to improvement in the overall welfare of individuals and nations. However, Walter G. Moss provides a more analytical reading of the main trends of the twentieth century, and offers a gripping introduction to the defining themes of the recent past. His history is an accomplished review, dealing with the complexities and subtleties of this beguiling epoch with the adeptness that has made his previous historical works such resounding successes.

‘An Age of Progress?’ is an advanced examination of major twentieth-century global developments regarding violence; capitalism, socialism and communism; imperialism, racism, nationalism, westernization, globalization, and international finance; freedom and human rights; physical and mental environmental changes; and culture, science, education, religion, and social criticism. Moss then concludes his momentous study by exploring the ways in which the twentieth century made significant progress -- and the ways in which it had not.

This is an exemplary text for advanced students of twentieth-century global history, particularly within a seminar setting, and for general readers seeking to increase their basic knowledge of the subject. It can also be used as background reading for courses in International Relations and for those interested in international business and international cooperation.

'Elegantly, comprehensively, insightfully, Walter Moss carries us through the twentieth century's record of progress and violence, promise and disappointment to an appreciation of the challenges we face in the twenty-first century.' — Joyce Applebly, Professor Emeritus, UCLA and former President of the American Historical Association

'This is a lucid and compelling reckoning of the issues, events, and ideas that made the twentieth century a time of humanity’s greatest advances and its worst atrocities, a time of boundless hope and crushing despair.' —Mark Leier, Professor of History at Simon Fraser University and author of ‘Bakunin: the Creative Passion’

Walter G. Moss is a Professor of History in the Department of History & Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University.

'Moss has adroitly compressed an enormous amount of information into a relatively brief study… Highly recommended.' —‘Choice’

'[Moss’s] insights always are intriguing, his conclusions often unexpected, his opinions judicious. This is far more than a history of the twentieth century: it is a sobering guide to the lasting import of what has happened.' —H. J. de Blij, Professor of Geography at Michigan State University and author of ‘Why Geography Matters’

'Moss's insight is intriguing and powerful… A must read for anyone interested in international affairs and global cooperation.' —Eric R. Jackson, ‘International Journal on World Peace’

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Front Matter\r i
Half Title\r i
Title\r iii
Copyright\r iv
Dedication\r v
Contents\r vii
Maps\r viii
Chronology\r xiii
Preface\r xxv
Main Body\r 1
Chapter 1. A Century of Violence\r 1
Chapter 2. Science, Technology, and the Acceleration of Change\r 37
Chapter 3. Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism\r 59
Chapter 4. Imperialism, Nationalism, and Globalization\r 91
Chapter 5. Freedom and Human Rights\r 123
Chapter 6. Changing Environments\r 155
Chapter 7. Culture and Social Criticism\r 189
Chapter 8. Values and Virtues\r 225
Chapter 9. An Age of Progress? \r 249
End Matter\r 269
Notes\r 269
Notes Preface\r 269
Notes Chapter 1 269
Notes Chapter 2\r 273
Notes Chapter 3\r 274
Notes Chapter 4\r 276
Notes Chapter 5\r 280
Notes Chapter 6\r 283
Notes Chapter 7\r 288
Notes Chapter 8\r 291
Notes Chapter 9\r 294
Glossary\r 299
Index\r 305