Ronald Wright's "A Short History of Progress" Book Review by Top Papers

Ronald Wright's "A Short History of Progress"
A critical review of Ronald Wright's "A Short History of Progress".
# 135024 | 750 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Literature (American) , Economics (Globalization)

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The paper relates that Wright is neither an historian or philosopher but values cyclical ideas of civilizations said to be progressive and explores the reasons for their decline. The paper looks at how Wright discusses how the present day of globalization involves a 'new' civilization whose social and economic pitfalls are known to us. The paper concludes that the book is interesting but has no pragmatic solution to offer.

From the Paper:

"This book is unusual for its briefness, the text covering only 132 pages with ample notes and explanation. Ronald Wright examines current events in terms of the 10,000 year history of Homo sapiens, seeing clear cycles and the present time's most immediate threat "may be nothing more glamorous than our own waste" in reference to unprecedented pollution and destruction of our environment. (p.7) For hundreds of years human beings have laboured under an idea that they are better or behave better than..."

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