Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
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Through case studies of how six nations (Finland, Japan, Chile, Indonesia, Germany, and Australia) have recovered from crises, author Jared Diamond explores the idea that the way individuals cope with crises can also be applied to nations.
He first identifies 12 factors known by therapists to influence the outcomes of personal crises, and then adapts those to fit a national scale (e.g., "national consensus that one’s nation is in crisis" and "honest national self-appraisal"). Among the crises analyzed are the 1939 Winter War between the USSR and Finland, the 1973 coup in Chile, and Germany after WWII. Final chapters look at whether Japan, the United States, and the world are effectively coping with the growing crises that they now face.
9 and up