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Human Odyssey

East, West and the Search for Universal Values

Human Odyssey

East, West and the Search for Universal Values

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Hardback

£19.99

Publisher: SPCK Publishing
ISBN: 9780281081134
Number of Pages: 352
Published: 19/09/2019
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
'Erudite, bold and wide-ranging - a book that makes you think about knowledge, wisdom and what the future has in store.' PETER FRANKOPAN 'A book of remarkable sweep and scope - not just learned, but deeply humane.' TOM HOLLAND The long human odyssey of self-discovery has reached a crucial stage: everything we do affects everyone and everything else - and we know it. The next hundred years will bring more change than we can easily imagine: more opportunities for more people to achieve the fulfilment of a good life, and more risks that could result in catastrophic harm to the entire planet. Viewed geopolitically, the main question is whether the world-views of the world's most important and influential powers - China and America (the one fundamentally Confucian, the other essentially individualist) - can be made to work together constructively. At the same time, on a deeper level, the even greater question is how the irreversible fact of urbanisation may nurture healthy and mature human individuality, such that the accumulated wisdom of the world's great cultures becomes mutually transforming and enriching. This bold and wide-ranging book explores those questions, with all the risks and opportunities they hold for generations still to come.

The Human Odyssey Stephen Green

Stephen Green served as group chairman of HSBC from 2005 to 2011 and was minister of state for trade and investment in the British government, retiring in 2013. He now chairs the Natural History Museum and Asia House, is an ordained priest in the Church of England and a member of the House of Lords. His previous books include Good Value: Reflections on Money, morality and an uncertain world (Penguin, 2010), European Identity: Historical and cultural realities we cannot deny (Haus Publishing, 2017) and Reluctant Meister: Germany and the New Europe (Haus Publishing, 2015), which was included in The Globalist's Top Books of 2015 and became a bestseller in Germany.

'Erudite, bold and wide-ranging - a book that makes you think about knowledge, wisdom and what the future has in store.' * Peter Frankopan, Senior Research Fellow, Worcester College, Oxford, and author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World * 'Ranging from Japan to Iceland, and from Babylon to the Belt and Road Initiative, this is a book of remarkable sweep and scope - not just learned, but deeply humane." * Tom Holland, author of Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind * 'Stephen Green asks important questions about what happens to humanity in the next hundred years. His book is a bold enterprise given the scale and pace of change around the world.' * Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director, the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and former Leader of the House of Lords and United Nations Under-Secretary General * 'Stephen Green's book is reflects his unique background: he has combined his deep international business experience with his strong appreciation of cultural and philosophical issues to present the evidence so persuasively.' * Lord Jim O'Neill, Chair of Chatham House and former Head of Global Economic Research at Goldman Sachs * 'Through his thrillingly unusual and unfailingly wise probe into the moral and intellectual dilemmas that have defined Europe and Asia, Stephen Green leaves us better placed to understand the stakes and ever more complex future of Eurasia - thecauldron of human history.' * Sunil Khilnani, Director of the India Institute, Kings College London, and author of The Idea of India *

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