What is the world of the 21st century like now that the centrality
of the West is no longer given? How were the societies and cultures
of today's world together with their interconnections forged, and
what is driving human society in our times? In short, what is the
state of the world today as we enter the second decade of the 21st
This is the first book which deals with planetary human society
as whole. It is a beginner's guide to the world after the West and
after globalization, compact, portable, and jargon-free. It is
aimed at everybody who, even with experience, has kept a beginner's
curiosity of the world, to everybody who does not know everything
they want to know about it, about the good, the evil, and the
salvation of the world.
- It lays bare the socio-cultural geology of the world, its major
civilizations, its historical waves of globalization, its
family-sex-gender systems, and its pathways to modernity.
- It outlines the dynamics of the world, its basic drives, the
contours of its most important global and sub-global
- It presents the big team players on the world stage, populous
as well as rich countries, missions and movements as well
corporations and cities.
- It traces the life-courses of men and women on all the
continents, from their birth and childhood to their old age, and