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The Meaning of the Twentieth Century
The Great Transition

ISBN 9781032189123
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1965 and written by a noted economist and leader in the field of conflict resolution, this book traces the forces which have brought the 20th century ‘post-civilisation’ into being: the ever-increasing power of science and the scientific attitude, the global communication network, the high efficiency of industrial societies. New conditions pointed to a life of ease but also enormous problems. The book discusses how though our technical resources have become immense, social and psychological conflicts remain. The author’s training in psychology and economics combines with a deep sense of history to create a book which is as relevant now as when it was first published.

Table of Contents

1. The Great Transition 2. Science as the Basis of the Great Transition 3. The Significance of the Social Sciences 4. The War Trap 5. Economic Development: The Difficult Take-Off 6. The Population Trap 7. The Entropy Trap 8. The Role of Ideology in the Great Transition 9. A Strategy for the Transition.

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Kenneth Boulding was an English-born American peace activist, economist, educator and philosopher.