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The Salvaging of Civilization - (H G Wells Masterpiece Collection) (Paperback) Loot Price: R247
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The Salvaging of Civilization - (H G Wells Masterpiece Collection) (Paperback): H. G. Wells

The Salvaging of Civilization - (H G Wells Masterpiece Collection) (Paperback)

H. G. Wells

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The present outlook of human affairs is one that admits of broad generalizations and that seems to require broad generalizations. We are in one of those phases of experience which become cardinal in history. A series of immense and tragic events have shattered the self-complacency and challenged the will and intelligence of mankind. That easy general forward movement of human affairs which for several generations had seemed to justify the persuasion of a necessary and invincible progress, progress towards greater powers, greater happiness, and a continual enlargement of life, has been checked violently and perhaps arrested altogether. The spectacular catastrophe of the Great War has revealed an accumulation of destructive forces in our outwardly prosperous society, of which few of us had dreamt; and it has also revealed a profound incapacity to deal with and restrain these forces. The two years of want, confusion, and indecision that have followed the Great War in Europe and Asia, and the uncertainties that have disturbed life even in the comparatively untouched American world, seem to many watchful minds even more ominous to our social order than the war itself. What is happening to our race? they ask. Did the prosperities and confident hopes with which the twentieth century opened, mark nothing more than a culmination of fortuitous good luck? Has the cycle of prosperity and progress closed? To what will this staggering and blundering, the hatreds and mischievous adventures of the present time, bring us? Is the world in the opening of long centuries of confusion and disaster such as ended the Western Roman Empire in Europe or the Han prosperity in China? And if so, will the debacle extend to America? Or is the American (and Pacific?) system still sufficiently removed and still sufficiently autonomous to maintain a progressive movement of its own if the Old World collapse?

General

Imprint: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Country of origin: United States
Release date: March 2014
First published: March 2014
Authors: H. G. Wells
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 8mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 148
ISBN-13: 978-1-4973-9291-5
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts
Books > Humanities > History
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Collections & anthologies of various literary forms
Books > Humanities > History > General
Books > History > General
LSN: 1-4973-9291-8
Barcode: 9781497392915

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