The World Revolution of Westernization: The Twentieth Century in Global Perspective

4.25 avg rating
( 4 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780195049060: The World Revolution of Westernization: The Twentieth Century in Global Perspective
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In this stunningly original and controversial book, Theodore Von Laue presents an entirely new perspective for understanding the dynamics of 20th century history. The author argues that the global violence and warfare of this century are the consequences of the little understood world revolution of Westernization. Accounting for world wars, the rise of communism and fascism, decolonization, third world dictatorships, and contemporary terrorism, he describes the twin processes of the expansion of western power and the emergence of global interdependence.
The ascendance of Europe had, by the turn of the century, brought all parts of the world under its influence and control. Westerners have seen such global emulation as a "civilizing" process. But Von Laue contends that the rest of the world's attempt to catch up with the West militarily, economically, and politically has been a traumatic experience as societies have been forced to undergo in a few decades, changes that Europeans underwent in many centuries, causing many countries to fall prey to totalitarian regimes and military strife. "Western power and western culture" Von Laue writes, "have inflicted a permanent cultural revolution upon the unprepared non-western peoples by foisting upon them the necessity of abject imitation."
Von Laue's journey through the 20th century begins in the 1870s with the British raj in India. He considers the colonization of Africa, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and the special case of Japan, before moving on to the World War I era, the communist and fascist "counter-revolutions," the Great Depression, Stalinism and Hitler's unleashing of World War II. In his analysis of the post-war era, the United States emerges as the foremost superpower, and the nuclear arms race the most dangerous of all global tensions. He pays special attention to the experiences of leaders in newly independent nations: Nehru in India; Sukarno in Indonesia; Nasser in Egypt; and Nkrumah in Ghana; he also analyses Mao's China.
As a challenging history of the contemporary age, this book will make its readers think, whether in agreement or disagreement, more globally and compassionately about the complex issues that threaten our peace and survival as we prepare to enter the 21st century.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


About the author:
Theodore Von Laue is Frances and Jacob Hiatt Professor of European History, Emeritus, at Clark University. He is the author of Why Lenin? Why Stalin? as well as numerous other books and articles on different aspects of modern history.

Review:


"Attempts at global perspectives aimed at avoiding such cliched thinking and suggesting innovative perspectives--and von Laue's 380-page book is one such--are well worth our scrutiny."--Comparative Civilizations Review


"Very useful for helping advanced undergraduates place current global problems in a broader context."--Paul Teverow, Missouri Southern State College


"In anticipation of the storms ahead, and in order to gain a better understanding of those already endured, [statesmen and the public] would be well advised to read Professor Von Laue's wise and deeply humane reflections upon our present troubled global condition."--Paul Kennedy, Times Literary Supplement


"Throughout these pages, Von Laue illustrates his thesis with deftly drawn portraits of Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kwame Nkrumah, Jawarharlal Nehru, and many other political leaders...Westernization, Von Laue...convincingly argue[s], has been an enormously influential process in world history."--Teaching History


"True to form, Theodore Von Laue offers a grand vision and a provocative interpretation...Must reading for anyone who wants to gain perspective on the tumultuous twentieth century."--Theda Skocpol, Harvard University


"Von Laue's effort to change our historical perspective is informed, impassioned--and controversial. His book is a consciousness-raising experience."--Bruce Mazlish, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"Written with verve, peppered with original insights."--Foreign Affairs


"Von Laue ambitiously surveys our epoch from the viewpoint of acculturation: how the West has won and what that has wrought."--The Boston Globe


"A fine and wise book--wise in a way few books are."--William H. McNeill, University of Chicago


"Must reading for anyone who wants to gain perspective on the tumultuous twentieth century."--Theda Skocpol, Harvard University


"[An] eminently readable and provocative book...[It] fits nicely with the current trend in social theory toward cultural studies and cultural analysis...A thoughtful and wise book which provides perspective on political, economic, and social processes and conflicts in the twentieth century."--Val Moghadam, Monthly Review


"Excellent. [An] extraordinarily stimulating survey."--Ralph T. Fisher, Jr., University of Illinois


"An interesting book regarding its focus and coverage."--Charles F. Gruber, Marshall University


"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780195049077: The World Revolution of Westernization: The Twentieth Century in Global Perspective

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0195049071 ISBN 13:  9780195049077
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1989
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Theodore H. Von Laue
Published by Oxford University Press, USA (1988)
ISBN 10: 0195049063 ISBN 13: 9780195049060
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0195049063

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 46.96
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Theodore H. Von Laue
Published by Oxford University Press (1988)
ISBN 10: 0195049063 ISBN 13: 9780195049060
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 1988. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0195049063

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.36
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Von Laue, Theodore H.
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195049063 ISBN 13: 9780195049060
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0195049063 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0973119

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds