Ralf Dahrendorf, Amitai Etzioni, Johan Galtung, Anthony Giddens, Eric Hobsbawm, Fatima Mernissi, Tetsuo Najita, Emma Rothschild, Wole Soyinka and Tatyana Tolstaya take up these and other questions and provide some searching and provocative answers. Their discussions span academic disciplines and continents to provide a truly international dialogue on the future of humankind.
2. Palace Fundamentalism and Liberal Democracy: Oil, Arms and Irrationality during the Cold War: Fatima Mernissi (Institut Universitaire de la Recherche Scientifique, Morroco).
3. The Future of the State: Eric Hobsbawn (Birkbeck College,University of London).
4. The National Question in Africa: Internal Imperatives: Wole Soyinka.
5. Positive Aspects of Community and the Dangers of Fragmentation: Amitai Etzioni (George Washington University).
6. The Perils of Utopia: Communism, Perestroika and the Russian Intelligentsia: Tatyana Tolstaya (Skidmore College).
7. The Debate on Economic and Social Security in the Late Eighteenth Century: Lessons of a Road Not Taken: Emma Rothschild (King′s College, Cambridge University).
8. Traditional Co–operatives in Modern Japan: Rethinking Alternatives to Cosmopolitanism and Nativism: Tetsuo Najita (University of Chicago).
9. Affluence, Poverty and the Idea of a Post–Scarcity Society: Anthony Giddens (King′s College, Cambridge University).
10. On the Social Costs of Modernization: Social Disintegration, Atomie/Anomie and Social Development: Johan Galtung (University of Hawaii).
"For anyone concerned to understand the directions the world is heading in on the threshold of the 21st century this will prove a stimulating and worthwhile read." Mark Salter, New Routes