Upheaval : Turning Points For Nations In Crisis

Upheaval : Turning Points For Nations In Crisis



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Summary: In his international bestsellers "Guns, Germs and Steel" and "Collapse," Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in his third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes -- a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises. Diamond compares how six countries have survived recent upheavals -- ranging from the forced opening of Japan by U.S. Commodore Perry's fleet, to the Soviet Union's attack on Finland, to a murderous coup or countercoup in Chile and Indonesia, to the transformations of Germany and Austria after World War Two. Because Diamond has lived and spoken the language in five of these six countries, he can present gut-wrenching histories experienced firsthand. These nations coped, to varying degrees, through mechanisms such as acknowledgment of responsibility, painfully honest self-appraisal, and learning...  more »
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Edition Statement :

First edition.

Content :

Prologue: Legacies of Coconut Grove -- Part 1. Individuals. Personal crises -- Part 2. Nations: Crises that unfolded. Finland's war with the Soviet Union -- The origins of modern Japan -- A Chile for all Chileans -- Indonesia, the rise of a new country -- Rebuilding Germany -- Australia : who are we? -- Part 3. Nations and the world: crises underway. What lies ahead for Japan? -- What lies ahead for the United States? : strengths, and the biggest problem -- What lies ahead for the world? -- Epilogue: Lessons, questions, and outlook.



Physical Description :

ix, 502 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps -- 25 cm

Notes :
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 470-484) and index.
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