The Unfinished Twentieth Century: The Crisis of Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Dezember 2003



According to Schell, the defining characteristic of the 20th century was the uncontrolled acceleration of mankind's capacity for self-destruction: where does this leave us at the start of the new millennium? He suggests that the world now faces a choice between annihilation and rapid proliferation.


Jonathan Schell is a lecturer at the Yale Law School, the Harold Willens Peace Fellow at the Nation Institute and co-founder of The Urgent Call to End Nuclear Danger, a citizens' initiative to negotiate the abolition of nuclear weapons. He is the author of ten books including Fate of the Earth, which was published in twenty countries, and the recent The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence and the Will of the People.


"Readers who've been emptying bookstores in search of instant wisdom on low-tech terrorism and early Islam would be wise to pick up The Unfinished Twentieth Century that tells how we got into this nuclear mess and how we might get out of it." -- New York Times "With the senate's failure to ratify the comprehensive test ban treaty and President George W. Bush's willingness to use a treaty to formalise further weapons reductions, Schell's pessimism over the direction of arms control is well-founded" - Times Higher Education Supplement "His sombre plea for the major nuclear powers to adopt an abolitionist agenda before the minor nuclear players do us all in... comes freighted with poignant urgency." - New York Times Book Review "Surveying the century 'of the Somme, of the Gulag, of the holocaust' and of the atomic bomb, [Schell] wonders at a certain implicit optimism among historian ready to call it 'short'." - The Nation "This compelling exploration... frames the nuclear debate in terms stark enough to rouse even the most politically ambivalent reader." - UTNE Reader
EAN: 9781859844939
ISBN: 1859844936
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: VERSO
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2003
Seitenanzahl: 125 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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