The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-first Century
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The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-first Century

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In The Ideas That Conquered the Wold, Michael Mandelbaum describes the uneven spread (over the past two centuries) of peace, democracy, and free markets around the world. And he assesses the prospects for these ideas in the years to come, giving particular attention to the United States, which bears the greatest responsibility for protecting and promoting them, and to Russ...more
Published 2004 by PublicAffairs (first published 2002)
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Mandelbaum's main thesis seems to be that free markets beget freer societies. That with rising per capita income there was a corellation with liberal democracy as a result. I don't think he provides any definitive proof that this is the case.
Michael Mandelbaum makes an impassioned defense of the classical liberal ideal of democracy, free markets, and peace. The book is mostly a history of these ideals, and how they have fared in world history. The author believes that they now stand unchallenged as ideals around the world.

Unlike most writers in this tradition, Mandelbaum is both humble and honest about his subject. He stays away from making bold predictions, and is honest about the downside to these ideals. Unfortunately, he never a...more
Levie Galapon
I'll start off by stating that Mandelbaum takes a liberal perspective in interpreting the post-cold war world. If you are very interested in how liberalism prevailed in the world after the cold war then this is the book you should read. Mandelbaum relates Woodrow Wilson's idealism and how it influenced American foreign policy for years to come. I find Mandelbaum's basis for his arguments to be quite strong yet repetitious. In my opinion this book is much longer than it should be. This five hundr...more
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