The End of History and the Last Man

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 1, 2006 - History - 432 pages
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Ever since its first publication in 1992, The End of History and the Last Man has provoked controversy and debate. Francis Fukuyama's prescient analysis of religious fundamentalism, politics, scientific progress, ethical codes, and war is as essential for a world fighting fundamentalist terrorists as it was for the end of the Cold War. Now updated with a new afterword, The End of History and the Last Man is a modern classic.
  

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User Review  - Derek Munyon - Goodreads

I must say, I did enjoy this book. Fukuyama does an excellent job of outlining how ancient history has played a role in modern history and really gets into why any form of government outside of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Francisco - Goodreads

Very interesting analysis of the current evolution (or apparent lack thereof) in political progress. It is important to properly comprehend Fukuyama's perception of history as event-history, and to contextualize it within the Kojevian struggle for recognition. Read full review

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Contents

Our Pessimism
3
The Weakness of Strong States I
13
The Weakness of Strong States II or Eating Pineapples on the Moon
23
The Worldwide Liberal Revolution
39
The Old Age of Mankind
53
An Idea for a Universal History
55
The Mechanism of Desire
71
No Barbarians at the Gates
82
Lordship and Bondage
192
The Universal and Homogeneous State
199
The Coldest of All Cold Monsters
211
The Thymotic Origins of Work
223
Empires of Resentment Empires of Deference
235
The Unreality of Realism
245
The Power of the Powerless
254
National Interests
266

Accumulation without End
89
The Victory of the VCR
98
In the Land of Education
109
The Former Question Answered
126
No Democracy without Democrats
131
The Struggle for Recognition
141
In the Beginning a Battle to the Death for Pure Prestige
143
The First Man
153
A Vacation in Bulgaria
162
The Beast with Red Cheeks
171
The Rise and Fall of Thymos
181
Toward a Pacific Union
276
In the Realm of Freedom
287
Men without Chests
300
Free and Unequal
313
Perfect Rights and Defective Duties
322
Immense Wars of the Spirit
328
The End of History and the Last Man
341
Notes
355
Bibliography
405
Index
417
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About the author (2006)

Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama was born October 27, 1952 in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Fukuyama received his Bachelor of Arts degree in classics from Cornell University, where he studied political philosophy under Allan Bloom. He initially pursued graduate studies in comparative literature at Yale University, going to Paris for six months to study under Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida, but became disillusioned and switched to political science at Harvard University. There, he studied with Samuel P. Huntington and Harvey Mansfield, among others. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard for his thesis on Soviet threats to intervene in the Middle East. In 1979, he joined the global policy think tank RAND Corporation. Fukuyama was the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University from 1996 to 2000. Until July 10, 2010, he was the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the International Development Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, located in Washington, D.C. He is now Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow and resident in the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Fukuyama is best known as the author of The End of History and the Last Man, in which he argued that the progression of human history as a struggle between ideologies is largely at an end, with the world settling on liberal democracy after the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Fukuyama predicted the eventual global triumph of political and economic liberalism. He has written a number of other books, among them Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity and Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution. His latest work The Origins of Political Order: From Prehistoric Times to the French Revolution made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller's List for 2011.

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