The Twentieth Century a Century of Wars and Revolutions
- List Price: $21.95
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
- Publish date: 09/01/2000
- ISBN: 9781854891273
- ISBN10: 1854891278
The approach of this book is different. The authors take their cue from Rosa Luxemburg's famous prediction that this would be the century of "socialism or barbarism". One possibility, she believed, was that the world would experience years of colonial plunder, misery and war. Alternatively, a different system would emerge, based on planning and collective discussion, and putting human needs before profit. From the perspective of these essays, Rosa Luxemburg's choice has not yet been decided, and the last hundred years have witnessed both human progress and human retreat, an uneasy combination of reaction and reform.
Individual essays address key questions for historians of the twentieth century, including: Did women's condition improve? Why were hopes of transformation thrown away? What is globalization and when did it begin?