By Kishore Mahbubani
KISHORE MAHBUBANI has been hailed as "an Asian Toynbee, preoccupied with the increase and fall of civilizations" (The Economist), a "Max Weber of the recent 'Confucian ethic'" (Washington Post), and "a prototype twenty-first century chief" (Time). A must-read for an individual with even a passing curiosity in modern Asia, this choice of provocative essays is bound to problem how you imagine. Asia's societies have been extra culturally and economically complex than Europe's on the finish of the 1st millennium. And but by means of the 19th century the West had leaped to this point forward that even a few Asians themselves harbored pictures of inferiority. Mahbubani's research of the previous and predictions for the longer term volume to a serious warning call to Asians and Westerners alike. In diversified items reminiscent of "The Ten Commandments for constructing nations" and "The risks of Decadence: What the remainder Can train the West," he asserts that Westerners are principally blind to their condescending attitudes and practices towards the East and preserve that outmoded worldview at their very own peril - Asia's economies are poised to surpass these of Europe and North the US in the subsequent fifty years. nobody who reads those iconoclastic, unabashed arguments will ever regard East-West family members within the related light.“If you're looking for perception into how others understand us—and the occasions of September eleven underscore that need—then i do know of no greater advisor than Kishore Mahbubani. His choice of energetic essays will either tell and problem your thinking.”-- Paul Volcker“This ebook is a suite of completely great essays, elegantly written. . . . Mahbubani has an intuition for the jugular by way of picking out a severe factor and surroundings forth a robust thesis pertaining to it.”-- Samuel P. HuntingtonAuthor of The conflict of Civilizations“Interesting, provocative, and intellectually engaging.”-- Henry Kissinger
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When Asia’s growth achieves a certain momentum by the end of the 21st century, Asian minds will inevitably come up with new conundrums. Why did their ancestors take so long to succeed and modernise? Why did Europe and not Asia trigger the Industrial Revolution? How could a few key capitals in Europe and America make decisions that determined Asian destinies? How could London ever have been more important than Bombay, or Paris more important than Beijing? These questions too will come. p a r t T H E w e s t a n d 2 t h e r e s t The West and the Rest The National Interest.
How could London ever have been more important than Bombay, or Paris more important than Beijing? These questions too will come. p a r t T H E w e s t a n d 2 t h e r e s t The West and the Rest The National Interest. No. 28, Summer 1992 My year at Harvard, from September 1991 to June 1992, opened my eyes in many ways. One key insight I gained was that those who live and think in the West are not aware of how much impact they have on the rest of the world, or what the Rest thinks of the West. The Western mind believes that it understands all worlds, since it is open to all ideas and closed to none.
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