Pandaemonium: Ethnicity in International Politics

Hardcover | October 1, 1994

byDaniel Patrick MoynihanForeword byAdam Roberts

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Responsible for the collapse of empires ranging from the Ottoman to the Soviet, self-determination has been one of the key factors in the history of the entire twentieth century. Surprisingly, scholars have been slow to appreciate the value of ethnicity as a way of understanding the keypolitical developments of our times. In this challenging new book, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan draws on a rich and diverse fund of historical and contemporary examples to trace the history and illustrate the considerable predictive powers of ethnic studies. In particular, he shows how ethnicity confounded Marx's hopes for aninternational proletariat and reveals how an inability to grasp the importance of ethnic diversity left the West unprepared for the disintegration of the Communist bloc.About the author: Daniel Patrick Moynihan has been been the senior US Senator from New York since 1976 and is the only man in American history to have served in the cabinet or sub-cabinet of four successive presidents. He is also a highly distinguished academic, having taught at Harvard, Yale,Columbia, Syracuse, Cornell, and New York Universities and been lauded with an astonishing 55 honorary degrees.

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Ten years before the Soviet Union collapsed, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan stood almost alone in predicting its demise. Focusing on ethnic conflict, he argued that the end was at hand. Now, with such conflict breaking out across the world, he sets forth a general proposition: that far from vanishing, ethnicity will be an elemental fo...

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Responsible for the collapse of empires ranging from the Ottoman to the Soviet, self-determination has been one of the key factors in the history of the entire twentieth century. Surprisingly, scholars have been slow to appreciate the value of ethnicity as a way of understanding the keypolitical developments of our times. In this cha...

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Ten years before the Soviet Union collapsed, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan stood almost alone in predicting its demise. As the intelligence community and cold war analysts churned out statistics demonstrating the enduring strength of the Moscow regime, Moynihan, focusing on ethnic conflict, argued that the end was at hand. Now, with ...

`a national treasure ... No one is better at putting an issue in historical context and making it relevant.' Senator Bill Bradley, in the Wall Street Journal Daniel Patrick Moynihan has been been the senior US Senator from New York since 1976 and is the only man in American history to have served in the cabinet or sub-cabinet of fou...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Ten years before the Soviet Union collapsed, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan stood almost alone in predicting its demise. Focusing on ethnic conflict, he argued that the end was at hand. Now, with such conflict breaking out across the world, he sets forth a general proposition: that far from vanishing, ethnicity will be an elemental force in international politics

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' The splendid principle of self-determination. The musings of a man as witty and erudite as Mr Moynihan contain many plums.'The Economist