In This Review

Experiencing the Twentieth Century
Experiencing the Twentieth Century
Edited by Nobutoshi Hagihara and others
University of Tokyo Press, 1985, 384 pp.

At a retreat in Japan a group of thinkers from the industrial democracies met to consider the trends of the twentieth century and the prospects for mankind. The agenda was almost without limits, as it included (inter alia) war and peace, imperialism and the sovereign state, freedom and community, rich nations and poor, the tyranny of advancing technology, man's inhumanity to man, and the meaning of history. To read this book is to stretch the mind, and also to sense the extremes of hope and despair, of human achievement and human degradation, that have marked the experience of this century.