Author: Michael R.J. Bonner
About the book
There is a consensus in the West that something is wrong. Many people have the uneasy feeling that the liberal democratic order is in danger, and that civilization itself hangs in the balance. This feeling could be dismissed as alarmism, but the present moment of pandemic, political instability, and rioting is a startling reminder of the fragility of civilization everywhere. And we should never forget that empires and societies have collapsed many times before.
But history shows that human civilization also has extraordinary powers of recuperation, writes Michael R.J. Bonner in this bracing tour de force. Drawing on such examples as the revival of Europe after the collapse of the Roman Empire, and the ebb and flow of civilization in China despite repeated foreign conquest, he shows how humankind's quest for clarity, order, and beauty--the crucial elements of civilization--does not necessarily succeed through innovation or a futuristic orientation, but by thoughtful examination and imitation of past experience.
About the author
Michael is a communications consultant and historian. He took his master's degree and doctorate at the University of Oxford, and was senior policy adviser to then-Conservative Cabinet minister Jason Kenney. ?Michael is also contributing editor of the Canadian historical journal, The Dorchester Review.