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An Age of Progress?: Clashing Twentieth-Century Global Forces Hardcover – May 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1843313014 ISBN-10: 1843313014 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Anthem Press; 1st edition (May 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843313014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843313014
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘In this significant and challenging yet highly readable book, the noted historian Walter Moss weighs an impressive array of evidence to assess the world's successes and failures, advances and retreats during this turbulent time of accelerating change. His 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 happened.'
H. J. de Blij, Professor of Geography at Michigan State University; and author of ‘Why Geography Matters’


‘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'


'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 Appleby, Professor Emeritus, UCLA, former president of the American Historical Association

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'[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’


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Copthorne Macdonald on October 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It has been said many times: If you want to create a better world, you'd better understand how things came to be the way they are. Walter Moss helps us do just that by examining, from a variety of illuminating perspectives, key 20th-century happenings and the global forces associated with them. Moreover, throughout the book he weaves personal stories which make the parade of events and phenomena come to life.

The book's final chapter, like the book itself, is titled "An Age of Progress?" -- complete with that question mark. It deals first with the philosophical notion of progress. Is progress largely economic progress in the Adam Smith sense where, as Moss put it, "an 'invisible hand' was guiding individual acquisitive desires toward the overall improvement of mankind"? Or was it perhaps Tolstoy's view of progress as an overall improvement of well-being? Moss presents several takes on this issue and makes the observation that "by the end of the century, it was indeed evident how difficult it was for people's prudence, wisdom, and morality to keep pace with technological change." He then goes more deeply into the wisdom issue, and you can read what he has to say about it at [...]

If we want to create a wiser world it is helpful to understand more about both wise and unwise ways of doing things. While the twentieth century may have been characterized more by the lack of wisdom than its presence, Walter Moss's book gives us examples of both and is a valuable, thought-provoking read for anyone who is interested in creating a more wisdom-centered world society.
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