By Chris Harman
Chris Harman describes the form and process human historical past as a story of standard humans forming and re-forming advanced societies in pursuit of universal human pursuits. Interacting with the forces of technological switch in addition to the influence of strong contributors and progressive rules, those societies have engendered occasions frequent to each schoolchild—from the empires of antiquity to the realm wars of the 20th century.
In a bravura end, Chris Harman exposes the reductive complacency of up to date capitalism, and asks, in a global riven as by no means prior to by means of pain and inequality, why we think that it can—or should—survive for much longer. bold, provocative and invigorating, A People’s background of the World promises a necessary corrective to standard historical past, in addition to a strong feel of the deep currents of humanity which surge underneath the foam of presidency.
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Whereas surrounded by way of the Axis powers in global struggle II, Switzerland remained democratic and, in contrast to so much of Europe, by no means succumbed to the siren songs and threats of the Nazi goliath.
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For many years their spacious decks provided more than ample room for a steady stream of ever newer, larger, and better aircraft that emerged from the factories on both sides of the Pacific. As in so many other areas of Japanese naval technology, the rise of aviation closely followed developments in the West. Naval aviation had come of age during the Great War, as seaplanes were employed in tactical bombing raids against enemy zeppelin sheds, and aircraft of all sorts were employed aggressively on antisubmarine patrols.
21 Moreover, it should have been clear to knowledgeable Britons that the focus of American attention had shifted decisively after the Armistice from Europe Rose 2 bk p i-xviii 1-515 14 10/31/06 11:06 AM Page 14 POWER AT SEA and the Atlantic to Asia and the Pacific. Whatever aspirations Congress and the business community may have harbored for challenging British maritime supremacy paled before White House and Navy Department concerns for the fate of American interests in the Far East. After 1918, diplomats, sailors, and excitable public opinion makers could produce a broad catalog of concerns and impressions that seemed to point directly to Japanese designs to dominate the entire East Asian–Pacific region, possibly including even the establishment of clandestine naval bases on the west coast of Mexico.
Washington harbored no aspirations “to possess such strength at sea that we can impose our decrees arbitrarily on other free peoples,” and he assumed—to hearty “Hear! ”s —Britain did not either. But should the forthcoming League of Nations fail to achieve and maintain global security, “then, regrettable as the choice will be, repugnant as it will be to the American people, it will be essential, from the dictates of elementary national interest, that they shall build and maintain a fleet commensurate with the needs of national defense” that embraced both the Atlantic and the Pacific.
A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium by Chris Harman