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The World Today

Balmiki Prasad Singh

in Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195693553
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693553.003.0001
The World Today

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Historical factors — religious, political, and economic — shape events, which in turn, determine the future course of history. Amongst the many events witnessed by the world during 1989–2001, three stand out as being of immense significance. These are the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989; the transfer of Hong Kong to China in 1997; and the terrorist attack on the United States of America on September 11, 2001. The transfer of Hong Kong to China marked the formal end of colonialism and the racial superiority theory in international affairs. The fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany meant the triumph of democracy and self-rule over communism and dictatorship. The attack on the USA on September 11, 2001 was followed by military intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq by the US and its allies. The chapter also examines the Tibetan Crisis, colonialism and imperialism, Iraq War, and terrorism in India.

Keywords: Berlin Wall; Germany; Hong Kong; China; colonialism; United States; September 11; terrorism; Iraq War; Tibetan Crisis

Chapter.  7145 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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