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The Prophets of Doom

The Prophets of Doom


Book Overview: The Prophets of Doom

Linear and progressive views of history have dominated the popular imagination for the past seventy years in a worldview wedded to the inexorable rise of globalisation and GDP-growth at any cost. However, the end of the Cold War failed to produce the end of history as hoped, a fact brought home to many by Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Material wealth and 'Progress' in the name of 'social justice' have not made people happier or more united but quite the opposite. Anxiety, depression, fearfulness, sadness, loneliness and anger have all massively increased since 1970, with the male suicide rate at an all-time high. Western society seems to be divided against itself across every line conceivable: left versus right, women versus men, 'non-whites' versus 'whites', globalists versus populists, 'the elites' versus 'the people', people who think that men can be women and vice versa versus those who insist that they cannot, and so on. Seventy-three percent of Americans believe their country is on 'the wrong track', with similar views reflected in Britain and across Europe. The Prophets of Doom explores eleven thinkers who not only dared to contradict the dominant linear and progressive view of history, but also predicted many of the political and social maladies through which we are living.

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Neema Parvini is a reputable academic author who specializes in the field of English literature, mainly focusing on works by Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. He received his PhD from the University of Sussex, where he explored Shakespeare's politics. Currently, he serves as a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Surrey. Parvini has authored several noteworthy books, including "Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory", "Shakespeare's History Plays", and "Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory". He is also the host of the popular podcast, "Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory", where he interviews leading Shakespeare scholars.


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