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Pfaff, William 1928-

Overview
Works: 76 works in 209 publications in 4 languages and 8,405 library holdings
Genres: Military history  History 
Classifications: HV6432, 327.73
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Most widely held works by William Pfaff
Fear, anger and failure a chronicle of the Bush administration's war against terror : from the attacks in September 2001 to defeat in Baghdad in November 2003 by William Pfaff ( )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The politics of hysteria; the sources of twentieth-century conflict by Edmund O Stillman ( Book )
16 editions published between 1964 and 1981 in English and held by 1,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Philosophical analysis of world politics
The wrath of nations : civilization and the furies of nationalism by William Pfaff ( Book )
15 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 1,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In his first book since the much-acclaimed and much-discussed Barbarian Sentiments, William Pfaff writes an enthralling narrative of the fall of empires and rise of nations - and with them, of that modern nationalism which has become the most powerful political force in the contemporary world. Born in the revolution against oppression and dynasties, nationalism has both created nations and ruined them. It paved the way for Nazism but eventually destroyed it. It forced Soviet armies out of Afghanistan and Eastern Europe, and eventually crushed Communism. It brought down the European colonial empires, but has left Africa confronting anarchy, and much of Asia dominated by ambitious and authoritarian new nations. It is the enemy of internationalist ideology, yet becomes an ideology itself, employing the apparatus of totalitarian control in search of utopias placed in the past rather than the future. It is this which links the Serbian drive to recapture a mythical "Greater Serbia" to the Islamic fundamentalists' ambition to reestablish a lost Islamic universal empire. Ethnic nationalism - the force which ignited both world wars - now has laid waste to Yugoslavia and threatens the rest of the Balkans and the Soviet Union's successor states, while it continues its destructive way in much of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Yet nationalism cannot simply be condemned as reactionary or outmoded, a force which progress will push aside - as progressive philosophies and philosophers of history argue. It is rooted in the human need for secure place, communal loyalty, individual identification. It is an ineradicable factor in political existence. William Pfaff describes modern attempts to substitute internationalism for nationalism, each of them broken by nationalism's subversive power - the latest and most audacious of them, European union, now under what may prove fatal attack from nationalism. He concludes with a sobering reflection on whether in the twenty-first century the liberal democracies, and democracy itself, may not experience as bitter a siege as they have barely survived in the century now finishing
Barbarian sentiments : how the American century ends by William Pfaff ( Book )
10 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the cost of forty years of American world engagement and of American ideological clashes with the politics of various nations
Power and impotence; the failure of America's foreign policy by Edmund O Stillman ( Book )
20 editions published between 1966 and 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The new politics; America and the end of the postwar world by Edmund O Stillman ( Book )
20 editions published between 1961 and 1984 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers a re-evaluation of American foreign policy under the radically new political conditions of the 1960's
The bullet's song : romantic violence and utopia by William Pfaff ( Book )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pfaff discusses writers, artists, intellectual soldiers, and religious revolutionaries (including : T.E. Lawrence -- Gabriele D'Annunzio -- Ernst Jünger -- Willi Münzenberg -- André Malraux -- Arthur Koestler -- Vladimir Peniakoff -- Benito Mussolini -- Filippo Tommaso Marinetti -- Che Guevara -- Charles de Foucauld -- Simone Weil -- Jean-Paul Sartre) who are implicated in the twentieth century's physical and moral violence
The irony of manifest destiny : the tragedy of America's foreign policy by William Pfaff ( Book )
9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Analyzes America's foreign-policy evolution throughout the past half century from practices of containment to confrontation, challenging popular perspectives that the United States possesses an exceptional status
Condemned to freedom by William Pfaff ( Book )
4 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fear, anger and failure a chronicle the Bush administration's war against terror from the attacks in September 2001 to defeat in Baghdad by William Pfaff ( )
6 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For half a century Pfaff has analyzed world events for The International Herald Tribune, the New Yorker and the rest of us. This collection of his best recent pieces covers September 11 and the divergent political and economic directions the US and Europe have taken in recent years
Barbarian sentiments : America in the new century by William Pfaff ( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"When Barbarian Sentiments was first published, the Berlin Wall had not been breached, the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact were still intact, and the United States called itself the "leader of the free world." William Pfaff offered an iconoclastic, coruscating examination of America's predicament at a time when international affairs were escaping the conventions of American public debate and the old categories (and pieces) of American foreign policy. His work was also an astonishingly prescient analysis of the impending crisis of Communism." "In this new edition, Pfaff explores the disquieting elements he discerns in the United States today: a drift toward unrealistic assumptions about America's "benevolent" domination of international affairs; an obsession with "rogue states" and terrorism - even though the principal global forces are civilian economic and political ones; and a constitutionally unwarranted militarization of national policy. Pfaff's troubled reflections on the moral significance of the American experience in our time is even more pertinent now than in the last century."--BOOK JACKET
The new politics by Edmund O Stillman ( Book )
4 editions published between 1961 and 1962 in English and Undetermined and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Le Réveil du vieux monde : vers un nouvel ordre international by William Pfaff ( Book )
9 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in French and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Furien des Nationalismus : Politik und Kultur am Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts by William Pfaff ( Book )
2 editions published in 1994 in German and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Gefühle der Barbaren : über das Ende des amerikanischen Jahrhunderts by William Pfaff ( Book )
3 editions published in 1989 in German and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
War termination issues and concepts; final report by Herman Kahn ( Book )
4 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The wrath of nations : civilisation and the furies of nationalism by William Pfaff ( Book )
2 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Study for hypothetical narratives for use in command and control systems planning by Hudson Institute ( Book )
1 edition published in 1963 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La ira de las naciones : la civilización y las furias del nacionalismo by William Pfaff ( Book )
2 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in Spanish and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'Envol de la France; portrait de la France dans les années 80 by Hudson Europe ( Book )
4 editions published in 1973 in French and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Pfaff, William Wendle, 1928-
Languages
English (117)
French (13)
German (5)
Spanish (2)
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