The Breakdown of Nations

By Leopold Kohr Foreword by Richard Body and Neil Ascherson

The Breakdown of Nations
Paperback, 256 pages £12.95
Published: 26th April 2001
ISBN: 9781870098984
Format: 234mm x 156mm


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In The Breakdown of Nations Leopold Kohr shows that throughout history, people who have lived in small states are happier, more peaceful, more creative and more prosperous. He argues that virtually all our political and social problems would be greatly diminished if the world’s major countries were to dissolve back into the small states from which they sprang. Rather than making even larger political unions, in the mistaken belief that this will bring peace and security, we should minimise the aggregation of power by returning to a patchwork of small, relatively powerless states where leaders are accessible to and responsive to the people.

This new edition of The Breakdown of Nations is published at a time when Britain faces its most important political decision for hundreds of years - whether or not to join a common European currency. Many believe that this would lead inexorably to a European sub-state, so it is timely to re-examine the implications of the size of political groupings, whether they be states nations or federations.

Leopold Kohr

Leopold Kohr was was the originator of the concept of 'the human scale', an idea later popularised by his friend E. F. Schumacher, notably in the best-selling book Small is Beautiful. Born near Salzburg in 1909, Kohr was an economist by profession, holding academic positions at many universities, including Professor of Economics and Public Administration at the University of Puerto Rico; he also held visiting Professorships at Swansea, Cambridge, Mexico City and Salzburg. His other books include Development Without Aid, The Over-Developed Nations, Freedom From Government, and Is Wales Viable?. He died in 1994.

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 256 pages
ISBN: 9781870098984
Format: 234mm x 156mm
notes, maps

BISAC Code:  POL022000
Imprint: Green Books

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