World on Fire How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability

ISBN-10: 0385721862
ISBN-13: 9780385721868
Edition: 2004
Authors: Amy Chua
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

For over a decade now, the reigning consensus has held that the combination of free markets and democracy would transform the third world and sweep away the ethnic hatred and religious zealotry associated with underdevelopment. In this astute, original, and surprising investigation of the true impact of globalization, Yale Law School professor Amy Chua explains why many developing countries are in fact consumed by ethnic violence after adopting free market democracy. Chua shows how in non-Western countries around the globe, free markets have concentrated starkly disproportionate wealth in the hands of a resented ethnic minority. These “market-dominant minorities” – Chinese in Southeast Asia, Croatians in the former Yugoslavia, whites in Latin America and South Africa, Indians in East Africa, Lebanese in West Africa, Jews in post-communist Russia – become objects of violent hatred. At the same time, democracy empowers the impoverished majority, unleashing ethnic demagoguery, confiscation, and sometimes genocidal revenge. She also argues that the United States has become the world’s most visible market-dominant minority, a fact that helps explain the rising tide of anti-Americanism around the world. Chua is a friend of globalization, but she urges us to find ways to spread its benefits and curb its most destructive aspects.

Amy Chua is a professor at Yale Law School and lectures frequently on the effects of gloabalization to government, business, and academic groups around the world. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Introduction: Globalization and Ethnic Hatred
The Economic Impact of Globalization
Rubies and Rice Paddies: Chinese Minority Dominance in Southeast Asia
Llama Fetuses, Latifundia, and La Blue Chip Numero Uno: "White" Wealth in Latin America
The Seventh Oligarch: The Jewish Billionaires of Post-Communist Russia
The "Ibo of Cameroon": Market-Dominant Minorities in Africa
The Political Consequences of Globalization
Backlash against Markets: Ethnically Targeted Seizures and Nationalizations
Backlash against Democracy: Crony Capitalism and Minority Rule
Backlash against Market-Dominant Minorities: Expulsions and Genocide
Mixing Blood: Assimilation, Globalization, and the Case of Thailand
Ethnonationalism and the West
The Underside of Western Free Market Democracy: From Jim Crow to the Holocaust
The Middle Eastern Cauldron: Israeli Jews as a Regional Market-Dominant Minority
Why They Hate Us: America as a Global Market-Dominant Minority
The Future of Free Market Democracy
Afterword
Notes
Index

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