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Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Those who believe Europe is weak, ineffectual and sclerotic are wrong. Europe might look frail and feeble against American military might, but that expression of power is shallow and narrow. Or so says Mark Leonard, one of Europe's brightest new policy thinkers, in a book sure to stir and provoke his American contemporaries. America's centralized, militarized supremacy, he ...more
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Published August 8th 2006 by PublicAffairs (first published September 5th 2000)
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I will try this one too: "Why Europe Will Not Run the 21st Century: Reflections on the Need for a New European Federation" by Valerio Volpi

Curious Portuguese paper headlines, on Europe's day: "Leaders debate the EU's future in Dracula's land".

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Davis Goodman
Oct 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Charming book...too bad the EU breaks these principles whenever it isn't convenient.
Bassam Ahmed
لماذا سيكون القرن الواحد والعشرون أوروبيا أو بصيغة العنوان الأصلية Why Europe Will Run the 21st century الصادر في سنة2006 لمؤلفه البريطاني الجنسية مارك ليونارد والذي نقله إلى العربية في صيغة مقبولة أحمد محمود عجاج.
يبدأ الكتاب بستثارة اهتمام القرارئ بعنوان جاء في صيغة سؤال أقرب إلى التوكيد ويختتم الطرح بإجابة نموذجية- من وجهة نظر الكاتب- على هذا التسائل لا تتجاوز الثلاثة اسطر: "سنرى بروز القرن الأوروبي الجديد. هذا البروز ليس سببه أن أوروبا ستدير العالم كإمبراطورية، إنما سببه أن طريقة أوروبا في ا
Vasiliki Xyfteri
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
It had a simple way of putting things into the right or at least interesting perspective... I think I would go for a revisiting edition as so many things have changed since it was written...
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
Europe is a fascinating place -- a post-nation-state club of nation-states that expands because neighboring states outside want to get in, and are willing to remake themselves from the ground up (more or less) in order to be admitted... a great power with a total bureaucracy of about 30,000 (amazingly few, if you think about it), riddled with contradictions and continually lurching from one crisis to the next while somehow getting stronger and stronger -- and I have not read a better analysis of ...more
Timothy Riley
This is a focus on the soft power of the EU. Predominantly economic, the EU has been able to influence nations on its periphery, north africa, central asia and the middle east through its economic might. For decades it was able to rely on US expenditures to provide security. Meanwhile they were quietly working on deepening relations with one another. They are the largest single market and establish rules for corporations that if not met, they cannot sell their goods in the EU. Almost all of them ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: university-texts
A bit outdated but the position taken in this book is one that I agree with. This book isn’t saying that the EU will run the world, but rather that the EU’s way of conducting foreign policy and its member states will be.
Jason Knoll
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting to read now, fifteen years after publication. A lot has happened since then- notably the global financial crisis and the Lisbon Treaty- but I think his overall premise still stands.
Drew Mcfadzean
May 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Extremely disappointing, disjointed read that has aged poorly.
Adam Mautner
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book on one alternative future where Europe plays a key role.
Nicholas Whyte
Oct 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition[return][return]Leonard's short book is a positive polemic - an assertion that the EU model is not only stable and viable, but that it will prove infectious and beneficial to the rest of the world. He tackles the economics as well, arguing that the demographic crisis is much less grave than some fear, and that the euro will prove a magnet. He writes of the "Eurosphere", the European, Middles Eastern and African states which he believes will naturally look to ...more
Ângela Serrão
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
(3,5 estrelas)
Um livro curto e conciso, aborda a força da União Europeia e traz variados exemplos sobre como a Europa consegue mobilizar a sua força, tal como outras regiões do globo/entidades - apenas faz de uma forma diferente.
Apesar de ter gostado da mensagem que o livro passa - que qualquer instituição política tem armas para combater e essas não têm de ser necessariamente através da guerra - achei-o demasiado positivo, tendo em conta o actual quadro político. Os valores europeus têm de ser
the never-ending library
So, the question that UK politicians cannot stop raising is on the front pages again: Europe – Should we be in or out?

I’m reminded of a book I read a few years back and which was published as an ebook for the first time in Summer 2011. I recall being refreshed by the author’s approach to and understanding of Europe and her role in the wider world. Her individual nations having been masters (mistresses, even? What gender is a country if a continent is feminine?) of the 19th century, and been supe
Majid Al-Asseri
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
كبداية، هذا الكتاب غير متحيز جدا عند نقاشه الإتحاد الأوروبي، اذا لو انت تظن ان المنظمات الدولية بلا فائدة و ان الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية هي محور شر و إمبريالية، تحليل جيد و فرضيات على مستقبل الإتحاد الأوروبي و محاولاته في نشر مبادئه..

For starter, this book is incredibly unbias when discussing the European Union, if you believe that The international organization are useless and that the USA is an axis of evil and an imperialistic, good analysis and hypothesis about the future of EU and its effo
Vladimir Chupakhin
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
The discussion on on the economic benefits of EU is solid and interesting, with some history on the question. But concerning the political points of view it's a standard collection of exceptionalisms of the "top" countries with very instructive tone on how to make the peaceful change like Orange revolution on Ukraine and Revolution of roses in Georgia, but we really new that the both ended up badly and actually wasn't that peaceful. Will I recommend this book? No.
Dec 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very tidy book, enlightening me on global politics, something I've never had much interest in. Easy to read, well argued, with some wonderful images and catchy aphorisms. The rise of regional communities of nations and the fall of the isolated nation-state explains how recent American foreign policy is out-dated and as such why it is failing in the face of globalisation. I feel I have some grasp now of the unification of Europe and the importance of the rise of the Euro. I liked it.
Wieke Van Der Kroef
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
An easy and quick-read. It is a bit dated by now, but I did find that it still had some interesting new points of view that can make you curious to read a little more on different ideas about global politics.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: economy, europe
Yeah, it was an okay read. It's quick and fast and not too dense, but I found my attention span wandering pretty quickly--perhaps a little too academic for my needs. It's certainly worth a look over, even if you don't agree with the title
Jan 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
music to a europhile's ears. i've studied quite a bit in europe and anyone interested in the EU or european and world politics should read this.
Peter A.  van Tilburg
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: future
Very convincing argumentation on the way Europe expands, slowly but effectively.
Shambhu Suresh
On the face with European nihilism.
Sully (thysaltymar)
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
Mark Leonard was wrong, the title should be "WHY CHINA WILL RUN THE 21ST CENTURY?"
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
had to read this for school. it was an interesting read.
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