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The World in Conflict: Understanding the world's troublespots

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In the second decade of each century, a new global order commonly starts to assert itself. In the 19th, Napoleon's defeat gave birth to the world of rivalrous European powers. In the 20th, the First World War triggered a wave of revolutions that cleared a path for the American era. Ours appears to be no different.
The world is once again on the move: China extends its
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 25th 2017 by Economist Books (first published 2016)
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Garima Mamgain
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is a largely unbiased view of the intra and inter country conflicts around the globe. This is a quick read in many ways. Each conflict hot-spot is concluded in 5-6 pages. No mean feat!

My big three takeaways
1. Violence is a human characteristic. We are destined to raise guns- for religion, ideology or nationalism
2. Conflicts based on religion have outlasted those fought for ideologies
3. Despite of what it looks like, we are living in the most peaceful times of human history (fingers
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Janp
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foreign-policy, war
A clear and concise overview of (potential) conflict states in the world. Andrews has chosen to sort conflicts per continent and country and hardly ever uses more than five pages per country. It is hard to write a book like this without digging too deep into the sources of certain conflicts or dwelling on details. Andrews though has managed to mention the most important facts in a crisp and clear (though not dry) way without leaving out the good bits that explain situations in certain countries. ...more
Lorna
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really interesting and digestible introduction to the world's conflicts. Definitely worth a read if you're looking to understand what is going on in the world at a basic level!
Deir Zahrani
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
I bet a lot of you always wonder what exactly happened around the world but got so overwhelmed by the news. This book is definitely a good way to start. And I like how he started with the middle east and separate them with the rest of Asia. Starting from the middle-east make me understand easier the recent problem the most country is facing, how Islamist extremism has widely spread all over the world and how dangerous it is. Understanding this has helped me understand the political turmoil in my ...more
Humphrey Hawksley
Here is a superb guide when trying to navigate the world's trouble spots: Why they have evolved; how they might they settle; what impact could each have on our lives? Andrews manages to show us the common ground between, say, a Philippines insurgency in Asia and its counterpart in Latin America, explaining cause and steeped. The section on the Middle East is particularly good. Steeped in personal experience from those conflicts, Andrews untangles they key causes and motivations, but as for light ...more
João Caramujo
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top
Esclarecedor, completo q.b. e objectivo (no entanto, é possível descortinar alguma ironia em relação a certos países). Apesar de ser relativamente extenso, a decisão de organizar o livro por continentes e depois dedicar algumas páginas a cada país faz com que nunca se torne monótono ou cansativo. Obviamente que dedicar apenas 4 ou 5 páginas a conflictos em países como Israel ou Afeganistão será sempre curto; ainda assim, para uma introdução ao tema, parece-me perfeitamente aceitável. Recomendo.
Vanessa Tran
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book for fundamental knowledge of global politics. I feel like the conflicts could have been ordered a little better but still very worth the read.
Lorrie
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book if you want to understand the long history of wars currently going on today and how everything intersects globally.
Izz Afiq
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All internal conflicts and turmoils within the country are specifically highlight. Definitely worth the read.
Alice
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Andrews presents the modern history of conflict throughout the world. He heavily focuses on Islamic extremism as the cause.
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