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The New World Disorder. Reflections of a European

  • ID: 2250549
  • Book
  • November 2004
  • Region: Global, Europe
  • 120 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This illuminating analysis by one of the world′s leading intellectuals addresses fundamental questions about the new world disorder exemplified by the war on terrorism, the Iraq conflict and its aftermath and the current state of transatlantic relations.

In eight concise chapters, Todorov discusses the use of force versus diplomacy, the emergence of new powers and the reactions of different players such as the UK, France, Poland and the United Nations, to the imperialist turn in US foreign policy. He argues that a new Europe is capable of reducing its dependence on the United States and assuming more responsibilities in the area of foreign affairs, would be the most effective way of counter–balancing America′s current dominance of global politics. Drawing on his vast knowledge of history and philosophy, Todorov has written an insightful and timely book that, without simplyfying the issues, is accessible to all.

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Translator′s Note


Chapter 1: The reason for the war

Chapter 2: The neo–fundamentalists

Chapter 3: The fragility of the empire

Chapter 4: In praise of pluralism

Chapter 5: Might or right?

Chapter 6: A tranquil power

Chapter 7: European values

Chapter 8: Adapting institutions



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A man of nuances, Todorov in his first book to address today s world, again tries to apply reason over emotion.

The New York Times

"This is a small book with some big ideas. It contains two sets of arguments: the first devoted to the war in Iraq and its international implications; and the second focusing on how Europe might respond to ′American neo–imperialism′ ... This is a thought–provoking work, and the first part in particular raises important questions about the war on terror and offers a new way of thinking about the relationship between security and liberty."

Alex Bellamy, Political Studies Review

Few texts devoted to recent international events, from the war against Iraq and its aftermath to the European responses to American neo–imperialism, seem to me as profound and perceptive as this intervention by one of the great intellectuals of our time in the domain of international relations.

Stanley Hoffmann, Harvard University

The liberal case against the Iraq war has never been put more forcefully or more eloquently. If you want to know what humanitarianism really requires, read this extraordinary little book.

Stephen Holmes, New York University, School of Law

Europe has spoken through Tzvetan Todorov′s book and this has been the most sober, humane, confident and convincing voice heard thus far in the confusion that followed the events of 11 September. This is a voice to be listened to attentively, for our shared planetary home′s and all its residents′ sake.

Zygmunt Bauman, University of Leeds

"In a moment of political urgency when so many professional academics seem to have retreated from the world into solipsistic and self–referential language, Todorov takes seriously his responsibility as an intellectual and a citizen of democracy, facing up to the complexities of the situation with human candor and humanist passion."

Spencer Drew, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Fall 2005

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