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Trial of a thousand years; world order and Islamism.


Trial of a thousand years; world order and Islamism.

Hill, Charles.

Hoover Institution Press


183 pages



Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the international order


Hill (Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford U, and international studies, Yale U) served as an executive aide to former US secretary of state, George P. Schultz (1985-89) and as special consultant on policy to the UN secretary-general from 1992 to 1996. He presents an historical analysis of the assault of Islamism on the international state system since its beginnings in 1648. Hill provides background by examining various wars on the world order from past centuries--the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, the Taiping Rebellion, the American Civil War and the Utah War, Franco-Prussian War, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, and the Indian mutiny. He then describes events in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Iraq in 1979 that signaled to Western leaders that a growing Islamist challenge to the state system was taking shape; identifies areas where Islamic values differ from the rest of the world; and suggests directions the US, as protector of the world order, might take.

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Date:Oct 1, 2011
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