Most human beings will assume that they are connected to the larger whole. In other words, they will bear with them the "imagination," that they belong to a larger tribe, or, group of people, even if ...

Human civilizations have evolved from hunter-gatherers to states. The latter is described by Mancur Olson as "stationary bandits." They exist purely to extract and collect taxes; often through ...

Dueling and slavery, according to John Mueller, a political scientist at Ohio State University, have disappeared. Steven Pinker, a psychologist at Harvard University, isn't making the same argument. ...

What is more interesting than the human mind, Steven Pinker once asked ? But this is also a question that has been asked in many different ways, with a variety of theories to describe it. There are ...

Not all books are easy read. The word "anti Westernism," alone is enough to send a shudder down the spine of many readers. But this book is actually an exception. Originally written as a Ph.D. thesis ...

Words carry power more than they are ascribed. This is especially true with words that emanate from major diplomatic events. During the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, while key decisions were ...

Thomas J. Christensen is a talented political scientist who once taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). "In Shaping The Choices of a Rising China: The China Challenge," Thomas J. ...

Talented historians or post colonial thinkers are hard to come by; especially those who think and operate within the context of global history. In the new discipline of global history, all forms of ...

Orientalism, according to Edward Said, is a discourse. One, in which, words, concepts, ideas and terms, are constantly allowed to inter-marry with one another, with the ardent purpose of producing ...

Stephen E. Ambrose and Doughlas Brinkley are two of the most prolific authors in the United States. Together, or, separately, they have produced more than thirty books on World War II, US presidency, ...

Globalization is often regarded as the main process by which jobs are destroyed, out-sourced and supplanted across a wide spectrum of industries. In the industrial West, there is a sizable portion of ...

Lee Kuan Yew once averred, in his flawless English, that while "experiences formed the lessons of life, bad ones are the best tutors as yet." In "One Man's View of the World," Lee Kuan Yew literally ...

The late Kenneth Waltz, a mathematician who ended up as a political scientist at Columbia University, used to argue that, despite the possibility of an accidental nuclear launch, it would still be ...

Thomas L. Friedman is one of the rare few in the world who constantly ponder on the state of the world, often from the perch of his New York Times column. In "Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's ...

The Islamic world, or, what Muslims refer to it as the "Ummah," is in a mess. Notwithstanding the Arab Spring, every single step forward has been met with many reversals. Libya is now ruled by thugs ...

The Axial Age is a term coined by Karl Jaspers. But it is also a concept widely accepted by top thinkers like Robert Bellah and Tu Wei Ming. While the former taught at University of California, ...

The American right, it would seem, is often described by the media as a swamp. Invariably, the phrase 'draining the swamp,' is now paired, perhaps permanently, with the remarkable attempt of Donald ...

Class, as an analytical concept, is widely attributed to the left. It was Karl Marx who made full use of it; by explaining how one class of people maintained its power over the rest. Hence, communism ...

Dani Rodrik, a professor in political science and economics at the London School of Economics, argued that more globalization should technically produce three effects. One, the role of the state ...

Analogies, or, parallels, are in fact similar but not the same. Such a phrase may seem mis-leading but it bespeaks the view that 'no one person can dip his/her feet into the pool only to emerge the ...

Despite the power of the American presidency, little studies were done on it in any systematic manner, until Richard E. Neustadt, a historian at Harvard University, began studying it. Among others, ...
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