The Tragedy of Empire. Scott Nearing.
The Tragedy of Empire
The Tragedy of Empire
The Tragedy of Empire
The Tragedy of Empire
The Tragedy of Empire
The Tragedy of Empire

The Tragedy of Empire

New York, NY: Island Press, 1945. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Scott & Helen Nearing. " "If defeat, disaster and dissolution spell tragedy, man's efforts at empire building are among the most tragic episodes in his social history." In this sentence Scott Nearing sums up the content of his latest book. It is an exposition and a warning at the same time. Beginning with the Roman Empire, he traces the pattern of rival economies down through the years to our own perilous crossroads. Since neither collectivism nor decentralism seem likely as immediate answers to world problems, Mr. Nearing offers, as the only alternative, a world federation of states." (front flap) A historical-social-political-economic treatise by Scott Nearing (1883-1983), the long-lived & very prolific (though by now half-forgotten) American radical activist & writer. Published as the third number in publisher's "Social Science Handbooks" series. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition. On the blank front endpaper, Nearing has hand-written his signature in bold blue-silver ink. Below Scott's signature is that of Helen Nearing (1904-1995), his second wife who along with him became a vegetarian, an advocate of the simple rural life & a pioneer in the "back-to-the-land" movement. A rare relic of radical idealism & sweeping historical theories, written in the immediate wake of the Second World War's end in Europe. Book in fine condition with light-to-moderate wear & fading to thin edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; mild rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with only light browning & sparse spotting to paste-downs & endpapers; a hint of browning to blank margins of page leaves; tiny bumps at corners of a few of same. Unrestored dust jacket relatively fine with only mild rubbing & occasional spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear, tiny bumps & creases at thin edges & corners of same esp. upper spine-edge & corners; two tiny chips with minimal loss of paper, one each at upper & lower edges of back cover. Fine / Fine. [Item #4548]

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