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World On Fire - AMY CHUA

Paperback Published: 21st February 2004
ISBN: 9780099455042
Number Of Pages: 368

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After the fall of the Berlin Wall, a consensus emerged - not only in the West but elsewhere - that the magical combination of free markets and democracy would transform the world into a community of moderised, peace-loving nations, and individuals into civic-minded citizens and consumers. Ethnic hatred, religious zealotry and other 'backward' aspects of underdevelopment would be swept away.' In World on Fire, Amy Chua shows that just the opposite has happened. As global markets open, ethnic conflict worsens and democracy in developing nations turns ugly and violent. Examining the actual impact of economic globalisation across the world Chua shows how free markets have concentrated disproportionate, often spectacular wealth in the hands of resented ethnic minorities. These 'market-dominant minorities' - from the Chinese in Aoutheast Asia to the Lebanese in West Africa - invariably become targets of violent hatred. Adding democracy to this volitile mix unleashes suppressed ethnic hatred and brings to power 'ethno-nationalists' governments that pursue aggressive policies of confiscation and revenge. Such a dynamic produced Milosevic, Mugabe and the genocidal Hutu Power leaders

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"There is a plethora of books about globalisation, many saying roughly the same thing. This one is different ... This book is a gem ... Her theme is different, rich and compelling ... A pleasure to read" * Guardian * "Very, very readable; very powerful - this is a very illuminating book" -- Clare Short * A Good Read * "The greatest tribute to any book is the conviction upon closing it that the senseless finally makes sense. That's the feeling left by Amy Chua's World on Fire ... provocative, evocative, nuanced and highly readable, starting at page one" * Washington Post * "Ambitiously conceived, impressively researched and gracefully written, Amanda Foreman has crafted a narrative rich in detail, anecdote, insight and personalities. It puts a human face - many human faces - on a brutal conflict remorselessly descending into an inhuman total war" -- Brian Jenkins "A tour de force, a work of extreme virtuosity both in the research and the telling" * Bloomberg News *

ISBN: 9780099455042
ISBN-10: 0099455048
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 21st February 2004
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1