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A brief history of the future : abrave and controversial look at the twenty-first century

Author: Jacques Attali
Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub. : Distributed by Hachette Book Group USA, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st English-language edView all editions and formats
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"In this international best seller, world-renowned economist and political adviser Jacques Attali predicts how our world will look not only in the coming decades but a century from now. Will there be global chaos, dominated by terrorists, pirates, dictators, devastating droughts, and rising floodwaters? Or will the planet be blessed with peace, prosperity, and greater freedom for mankind?" "While many unpredictable  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Forecasts
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Attali, Jacques.
Brief history of the future.
New York : Arcade Pub. : Distributed by Hachette Book Group USA, 2009
(OCoLC)609233182
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques Attali
ISBN: 9781559708791 1559708794
OCLC Number: 181603360
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvli, 291 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: A very long history --
A brief history of capitalism --
The end of the American empire --
First wave of the future : planetary empire --
Second wave of the future : planetary war --
Third wave of the future : planetary democracy.
Other Titles: Brève histoire de l'avenir.
Responsibility: Jacques Attali ; translated from the French by Jeremy Leggatt.
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"In this international best seller, world-renowned economist and political adviser Jacques Attali predicts how our world will look not only in the coming decades but a century from now. Will there be global chaos, dominated by terrorists, pirates, dictators, devastating droughts, and rising floodwaters? Or will the planet be blessed with peace, prosperity, and greater freedom for mankind?" "While many unpredictable factors could change the course and timing of events, Attali argues that history flows in a single, stubborn direction that no upheaval, however momentous, can permanently deflect. Analyzing the past in order to predict the future, he pinpoints three political orders in human history: the ritual order, in which religious powers dominate; the imperial order, in which the military powers hold sway; and the mercantile order, in which the paramount group is the one that controls the economy. Within the last named, the author makes a case that there have been nine distinct "cores," starting around 1200, each with its world center of power and prestige, and predicts what the tenth will be by the dawn of the next century." "Never, he states, has the world offered more promise for the future yet been more fraught with potential dangers. How we respond to the crises and opportunities that await us will determine what land of world we will bequeath our children and grandchildren."--Jacket.

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