The Twilight of the Nation State-Globalisation, Chaos and War

The Twilight of the Nation State-Globalisation, Chaos and War

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Author: Prem Shankar Jha
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 373
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178296845


This groundbreaking book offers an in-depth historical perspective on the rise of capitalism, written by one of the leading scholars of the Global South.

Arguing that globalisation is generally poorly understood, Jha offers a new synthesis of political and economic theory that sheds light on the consequences of rapid industrialization worldwide. Writing from outside the usual Western perspective, the book challenges many of the usual preconceptions about the impact of globalisation.

Jha argues that capitalism has developed in four major stages. With a foreword by Eric Hobsbawm, the book provides a detailed history of the rise of capitalism from its early days through the industrial revolution until today. Examining the role of the nation state, this book presents a truly unique perspective on globalisation that will be of interest to all students of economic theory and international relations.


A thoughtful, well-documented, and passionately argued account, It should be read by anyone who cares about the future of world society.
-Giovanni Arrighi, Johns Hopkins University

Prem Jha is one of the few experts on globalization from the developing world. He offers a cogent and valuable account of its grand possibilities but also warns against its pitfalls.
-Shashi Tharoor, Undersecretary General for Pubic Affairs of the United Nations, New York




Two Views of the Future
Four Cycles of Capital Accumulation
The Onset of Systemic Chaos
Seven Explanations for the End of the Golden Age
The Rise of Global Capitalism
The End of Organised (National) Capitalism
Disorganisation of the Periphery
Undermining Economic Sovereignty
Growing Obsolescence of the Nation State
Rehearsal for Empire
The End of the Westphalian Order
Struggle for Hegemony
Loss of Hegemony
Towards Darkness