- Hardcover: 360 pages
- Publisher: Nation Books; 1 edition (January 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156858427X
- ISBN-13: 978-1568584270
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World 1st Edition
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“Dilip Hiro writes from an unabashedly un-American point of view. It is arresting to see a familiar object assume an unfamiliar shape.”
“Typically, a Hiro book is a dispassionate chronicle that refuses to take sides, letting facts speak for themselves… His challenging, even contrarian account of it [a multipolar world] should be required reading not just for the British Foreign Office, but among foreign ministries more generally .”
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Mr. Hiro presents a detailed and nuanced body of work to support the case that the inevitability (or even desirability) of a US-led (read: "unipolar") "world order" is no longer certain, if indeed it ever was. He describes in this text much of the history and circumstances of the players and regions in this so-called "world order" over the last century, and illustrates that, because of the motivations and actions of these players, in these many regions, there is plenty of evidence that the forces in world events are being and will continue to be initiated from multiple sources - hence the "multipolarity" of the title. He also endeavors to demonstrate that world outcomes are not nor will be caused by a hegemonic series of events that are solely initiated by and dictated from just one government - nor any corporate conglomeration enabled by such government.
Mr. Hiro also outlines how the needs, desires and philosophies of world players other than the US - which include China, India, Russia and Brazil, to name only the largest - not only will continue to press to the fore (and stay there) in driving world events going forward, but indeed have already been doing so to varying extents in the past, and are doing so even more at present. It is a fair perception that the major "mainstream" media entities have not represented global developments to a sufficient degree to bring these realities home to the general public, and have not cast these world realities in such a light that public opinion can rise to a more informed state, and in that state then demand that their government(s) assume a much more cooperative posture with regard to international relations.
Hence the need for each person to expand their insights into the full gamut of world activity, and the history which brings us to this moment. Books such as "After Empire..." are a great help in that endeavor.