Three years ago, Fukuyama began an explosive debate about the future of the world in the post-Cold War era with an article entitled "The End of History and the Last Man". Now he has expanded on his original themes to adress the fundamental and far-reaching themes of the approaching Millennium. This is nothing short of an historical and philosophical primer for the onslaught of the 21st century.
Table of Contents
Part 1 An old question asked anew: our pessimism; the weakness of strong states 1; the weakness of strong states 2, or, eating pineapples on the moon; the worldwide liberal revolution. Part 2 The old age of mankind: an idea for a universal history; the mechanism of desire; no barbarians at the gates; accumulation without end; the victory of the VCR; in the land of education; the former question answered; no democracy without democrats. Part 3 The struggle for recognition: in the beginning, a battle to the death for pure prestige; the first man; a vacation in Bulgaria; the beast with red cheeks; the rise and fall of Thymos; lordship and bondage; the universal and homogeneous state; Part 4 Leaping over Rhodes: the coldest of all cold monsters; the thymotic origins of work; empires of resentment, empires of deference; the unreality of "realism"; the power of the powerless; national interests; toward a pacific union. Part 5 The last man: in the realm of freedom; men without chests; free and unequal; perfect rights and defective duties; immense wars of the spirit.
Francis Fukuyama was born in Chicago in 1952. His work includes America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy and After the Neo Cons: Where the Right went Wrong. He now lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and children, where he also works as a part time photographer.