The Unfinished Twentieth Century
In this brief, elegant, urgent work, Jonathan Schell, the author of The Fate of the Earth, proposes that the defining characteristic of the twentieth century was the uncontrolled acceleration of humankind's capacity for self-destruction, manifested in 'policies of extermination', which culminated in the construction of the species-threatening nuclear arsenals of the Cold War.
Schell examines the legacy this leaves for the new millennium: the more than 30,000 nuclear weapons that remain in existence, the crisis of nuclear arms control that has arisen with the unraveling of the ABM treaty, the stalemate of the START talks, the attractive illusion of missile defense, the arrival of nuclear weapons in South-Asia, and the threat of their spread to East Asia and the Middle East. Schell suggests that the world now faces a difficult but inescapable choice between the abolition of all nuclear weapons and their rapid proliferation as nuclear technology and materials seep around the world.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
abolish nuclear weapons abolition of nuclear agreement American annihilation antinuclear defenses August build nuclear weapons capacity century's policies China Cold War commitment Conrad conventional countries crime crisis CTBT decision democracy destroy Eichmann eliminate nuclear embrace Fest full nuclear disarmament Germany global goal Hannah Arendt Heart of Darkness Hitler human impossibility of nuclear indefinitely India Iraq Jonathan Schell Kurtz liberal civilization Living with Nuclear Marlow moral Moscow national missile defense Nazi negotiations nuclear abolition nuclear arms control nuclear arms race nuclear arsenals nuclear bombs nuclear danger nuclear deterrence nuclear dilemma nuclear disarmament nuclear policy nuclear powers nuclear terror nuclear weapons nuclear Wilsonianism offensive nuclear Pakistan policies of extermination policymakers political President radical evil real twentieth century regime response Russia short twentieth century Soviet Union spread of nuclear START II stop proliferation story strategic threat totalitarian United Vietnam voice warheads weapons of mass York