A Brief History of the Future: A Brave and Controversial Look at the Twenty-first Century

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Arcade Pub., 2009 - Business & Economics - 291 pages
"While many unpredictable factors could change the course and timing of events, Attali argues that history flows in a single, stubborn direction that no upheaval, however momentous, can permanently deflect. Analyzing the past in order to predict the future, he pinpoints three political orders in human history: the ritual order, in which religious powers dominate; the imperial order, in which the military powers hold sway; and the mercantile order, in which the paramount group is the one that controls the economy. Within the last named, the author makes a case that there have been nine distinct "cores," starting around 1200, each with its world center of power and prestige, and predicts what the tenth will be by the dawn of the next century.".

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I bought this book in 2009 - and am only now writing a short review note. I can't remember when I read it. and I did not make a lot of comment in the book. This suggests to me that it wasn't all that memorable. Read full review

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This highly speculative tale of things to come begins with a brief overview of where we've been. I was put off by an obvious error on page 7 which states that all primates other than Homo sapiens ... Read full review


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