Bestselling author Amy Chua examines history’s hyperpowers—Persia, Rome, China, the Mongols, the Dutch, the British, and the United States—and reveals the reasons behind their success and the roots of their ultimate demise. In analyzing empires whose power stretches over a huge area of the globe and immense populations, Chua uncovers a remarkable pattern. For all their differences, every single society was, at least by the standards of its time, extraordinarily pluralistic and tolerant during its rise; each one succeeded by harnessing the skills of individuals from different backgrounds, and attracting and exploiting highly talented groups excluded at other times and in other societies. In sharp contrast, as Chua cogently demonstrates, Nazi Germany and imperial Japan, while wielding great power, failed to attain global dominance as a direct result of their religious, racial, and ethnic intolerance. But here’s the catch: in virtually every instance, multiculturalism sowed the seeds of decline and diversity became a liability, triggering conflict, hatred, and violence.
The United States is the quintessential example of a power that rose to global dominance through tolerance and diversity. Has it, however, reached the “tipping point” that will send it toppling? With its keen analysis of history and its clear-eyed view of the present, DAY OF EMPIRE will undoubtedly spur intense arguments about the ultimate fate of the American empire.
A very thoughtful book that sheds a new light on the old analyses of why empires fall and disintegrates. This book moves away from the standard talk of military might and political corruption, focusing instead on more human aspects like tolerance and open-mindedness that every ruling society must possess in order to maintain its status of dominance. Very interesting....Continua