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World Order

Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History

Paperback Engels 2015 9780141979007
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In 'World Order', Henry Kissinger - one of the leading practitioners of world diplomacy and author of On China - makes his monumental investigation into the 'tectonic plates' of global history and state relations. 'World Order' is the summation of Henry Kissinger's thinking about history, strategy and statecraft. As if taking a perspective from far above the globe, it examines the great tectonic plates of history and the motivations of nations, explaining the attitudes that states and empires have taken to the rest of the world from the formation of Europe to our own times.

Kissinger identifies four great 'world orders' in history - the European, Islamic, Chinese and American. Since the end of Charlemagne's empire, and especially since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, Europeans have striven for balance in international affairs, first in their own continent and then globally. Islamic states have looked to their destined expansion over regions populated by unbelievers, a position exemplified today by Iran under the ayatollahs.

For over 2000 years the Chinese have seen 'all under Heaven' as being tributary to the Chinese Emperor. America views itself as a 'city on a hill', a beacon to the world, whose values have universal validity. How have these attitudes evolved and how have they shaped the histories of their nations, regions, and the rest of the world? What has happened when they have come into contact with each other? How have they balanced legitimacy and power at different times? What is the condition of each in our contemporary world, and how are they shaping relations between states now? To answer these questions Henry Kissinger draws upon a lifetime's historical study and unmatched experience as a world statesman.

His account is shot through with observations about how historical change takes place, how some leaders shape their times and others fail to do so, and how far states can stray from the ideas which define them. 'World Order' is a masterpiece of narrative, analysis and portraits of great historical actors that only Henry Kissinger could have written.


Aantal pagina's:432
Uitgever:Penguin Books

Expertrecensies (2)

World Order
Freija van Duijne | 9 augustus 2016
The main element of global scenarios is always a conceptualization of world order. The storylines unfold in more specific ways, tailored to the strategic conversation that is supported by a set of scenarios. My interest in Henry Kissinger’s book on World order stems from this perspective of strategic foresight.
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World Order
Jan Boerstra | 1 december 2015
In World Order verklaart de oud-minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Henry Kissinger aan de hand van voorbeelden uit de wereldgeschiedenis hoe conflicten tussen landen en regio’s zijn ontstaan en opgelost. Op basis daarvan geeft hij aan wat nodig is voor het creëren van een internationale orde die zorgt voor stabiliteit en vrede.
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Over Henry Kissinger

Henry Alfred Kissinger werd geboren in Fürth (Duitsland) in 1923. Zijn familie verhuisde in 1938 naar New York, op de vlucht voor het naziregime. Als politicus en diplomaat is hij overal op de wereld geweest, stond presidenten met raad en daad terzijde en was nauw betrokken bij de grote politieke gebeurtenissen van onze tijd. Hij schreef vele boeken waaronder zijn memoires ‘Classic Memoirs’, uitgegeven in drie boeken (2011-2012). In 1973 werd hem de Nobelprijs voor de Vrede toegekend.

Andere boeken door Henry Kissinger


Introduction – The Question of World Order

1. Europe: The Pluralistic International Order
2. The European Balance-of-Power System and its End
3. Islamism and the Middle East: A World in Disorder
4. The United States and Iran: Approaches to Order
5. The Multiplicity of Asia
6. Toward an Asian Order: Confrontation or Partnership?
7. “Acting for All Mankind”: The United States and Its Concept of Order
8. The United States: Ambivalent Superpower
9. Technology, Equilibrium, and Human Consciousness

Conclusion: World Order in Our Time?


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