Book Discussion on The Ideas that Conquered the World
Oct 15, 2002
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Mr. Mandelbaum talked about his book, The Ideas That Conquered the World,
published by PublicAffairs. In it, he outlines the new power realities in the world today, and the challenges facing American .. Read More
Mr. Mandelbaum talked about his book, The Ideas That Conquered the World, published by PublicAffairs. In it, he outlines the new power realities in the world today, and the challenges facing American leadership.
According to Mr. Mandelbaum, three ideas currently dominate the world: peace as the preferred basis for relations between different countries, democracy as the optimal way to organize political life, and free markets as the vehicle for the creation of wealth. While not practiced everywhere, these ideas have, for the first time in history, no serious rivals. And although the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were terrible and traumatic, he argues that they did not “change everything,” as so many commentators have asserted. Instead, these events served to illuminate even more brightly the world that emerged from the end of the Cold War.
In The Ideas That Conquered the World, Mr. Mandelbaum describes the uneven spread of peace, democracy, and free markets from the wealthy and powerful countries of the world’s core, where they originated, to the weaker and poorer countries of its periphery. And he assesses the prospects for these ideas in the years to come, giving particular attention to the United States, which bears the greatest responsibility for protecting and promoting them, and to Russia, China, and the Middle East, in which they are not well-established and where their fate will affect the rest of the world.