What is the world of the 21st century like now that the centralityof the West is no longer given?
How were the societies and culturesof today's world together with their interconnections forged, andwhat is driving human society in our times?
In short, what is thestate of the world today as we enter the second decade of the 21stcentury? This is the first book which deals with planetary human societyas whole.
It is a beginner's guide to the world after the West andafter globalization, compact, portable, and jargon-free.
It isaimed at everybody who, even with experience, has kept a beginner'scuriosity of the world, to everybody who does not know everythingthey want to know about it, about the good, the evil, and thesalvation of the world. * It lays bare the socio-cultural geology of the world, its majorcivilizations, its historical waves of globalization, itsfamily-sex-gender systems, and its pathways to modernity. * It outlines the dynamics of the world, its basic drives, thecontours of its most important global and sub-globalprocesses. * It presents the big team players on the world stage, populousas well as rich countries, missions and movements as wellcorporations and cities. * It traces the life-courses of men and women on all thecontinents, from their birth and childhood to their old age, andtheir funeral.