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Tragedy and Hope - A History of the World in Our Time
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Five Sentence Abstract:

It begins with a look at the ancient and less recent history of both the west and east. Next there is a long and extremely interesting discussion of economics where the different phases, ranging from very local to global, of economic systems are outlined. Once the more modern economic system is understood if allows for the exploration of economic and media controlled manipulation of nations, specifically the Round Table group and its most prominent member Cecil Rhodes. This manipulation gives great insight into the world wars and depressions as being not failures of organization but were rather the foundations the new, technocratic, age would be built upon. Finally this technocratic world and some of its main features, like Weiner's cybernetics and Shannon's communication theory, are shown to be the true forces, thrust on the world by war, that have been the driving force behind all of the technological changes the world is still undergoing 50+ years after this book was first published.

Thoughts:

My five sentence synopsis can not do the depth of this book, at over 1100 pages, justice.

This was one of, if not the, best books I have ever read. It is easy to read while still digging into the issues it attempts to cover. The minutia of detail is sometimes overwhelming, the production numbers for the world wars for example, but are valid since they offer hard numbers as evidence for those that are looking for that.

Initially turned on to the book by John Taylor Gatto, I came in looking for details surrounding economic changes, education changes, Cecil Rhodes, the Round Table, and media manipulation. I was not disappointed. There is extensive coverage of each of these, often with the names and dates to accompany each claim that allow for further investigation.

Most of these conspiracies are born of economic roots. In several sections the evolution of economies are covered in great detail. By exploring each of the phases of this capitalist evolution, commercial, industrial, financial, monopolist, and pluralist, you can see a common thread through the ages that allows things like media manipulation and the fomenting of war to be controlled by a select group of individuals from their positions within influential organizations - primarily banks and sufficiently capitalized organizations.

The world wars and depressions are covered in great detail and are shown as turning points of cultural change. It is my opinion that these wars, specifically WW2 through the duplicitous Versailles Treaty, were concocted to usher in a new world order based on technocracy and division based in pleasure, ignorance and diversity. There is supporting coverage, although not as extensive, in how things like communication theory, cybernetics and similar technologies, spring forth from World War 2, were used as foundational concepts in the shaping of what Quigly calls the new age.

While this book is long and daunting, it truly is a must read for anyone wanting to understand where Western civilization has come from and where it might be headed. Though it is a bit dated since its 1966 publication, it is still timely enough to allow it to be compared with where we are as a society today and to see how the thread of manipulation and control persists. For more current works that expand on this idea of a new age, Zbigniew Brzezinski's works are a good place to start.

As a final caveat, make sure to remember that Quigly himself was an "insider". He proclaims his agreement for the manipulation and coercion documented within these pages, and so one must keep this bias in mind when reading. Also worth mentioning is that Quigly was a mentor to Rhodes Scholar William (Bill) Clinton. This, I think, adds even more credibility to the fact that Rhodes' Round Table group so often mentioned herein is still manipulating the world and it would be fool-hearted to think this book is the final word on anything nor is it free from manipulatory techniques.

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Important Notes TOC

Money out of nothing
Moksha
Inflation
Economics
Global Education
Cybernetics
True Myth
Foundations book
Social Change
Decentralize
Decentralize 2
Destroy Education
Families

Preface

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Chapter 1: Introduction: Western Civilization in its Worldsetting

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1. Mixture, 350-700 

2. Gestation, 700-970 

3A. First Expansion, 970-1270 

4A.First Conflict, 1270-1440 Core Empire: England, 1420

3B. Second Expansion, 1440-1690 

4B. Second Conflict, 1690-1815 Core Empire: France, 1810 3C. Third Expansion, 1770-1929 

4C. Third Conflict, 1893-? Core Empire: Germany, 1942
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3D. Fourth Expansion, 1944-

CONTINUATION OF THE PROCESS 

5. Universal Empire (the United States) 

6. Decay 

7. Invasion (end of the civilization)
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Chapter 2: Western Civilization to 1914

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Chapter 3: The Russian Empire to 1917

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Chapter 5: The First World War 1914-1918

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Chapter 6: The Versailles System and the Return to "Normalcy" 1919-1929

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Chapter 7: Finance, Commercial Policy, and Business Activity, 1897-1947

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Chapter 8: International Socialism and the Soviet Challenge

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Chapter 9: Germany from Kaiser to Hitler, 1913-1945

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Chapter 10: Britain: the Background To Appeasement, 1900-1939

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Chapter 12: The Policy of Appeasement, 1931-1936

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Chapter 13: The Disruption of Europe, 1937-1939

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Chapter 14: World War II: The Tide of Aggression, 1939-1941

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Chapter 17: Nuclear Rivalry and the Cold War: American Atomic Supremacy, 1945-1950

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Chapter 20: Tragedy and Hope: The Future in Perspective

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