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History Repeating

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 320
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics, History & Classics

History Repeating

Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall

Sam Wilkin

The laws of political turmoil laid bare in five astonishing stories

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781781259689 (Published 15 Mar 2018)

About the book

Political risk analyst Sam Wilkin was taken aback when he noticed that key indicators of trouble had started showing up in his own back yard. Could it really be true that Peru, the Philippines and Thailand were less risky than places like France? Bear in mind, Thailand's last military coup was about three years ago... Reader: it was true.

Now that political instability has come home, it's a good moment to ask: what causes it? How can you tell when your country is headed for turbulence? And what does the best social science say we can do about it?

A colourful romp through the history of recent revolutionary moments becomes a profound enquiry into the machinery of social unrest. Why are farming nations so unstable? Is there really a "resource curse" on mineral-rich nations? Do tall rulers last longer? Just how good was the Czar's wine cellar? Wilkin answers all these questions and more in pursuit of the holy grail of political science: how to make things better without first making them much, much worse.

About the author

Sam Wilkin is a senior advisor to Oxford Analytica, a geopolitical analysis firm that counts more than 25 world governments among its clients. He is also a senior advisor to Oxford Economics, one of the world's foremost global forecasting consultancies. His previous book is Wealth Secrets of the One Percent.Find him on Twitter @samwilkin


For Wealth Secrets of the One Percent:
'Eye-opening and sure to make libertarian heads explode.

- Kirkus Review

Pay attention, for this could be your chance to follow in the immaculate Italian leather shod footsteps of the world's one per cent.

- Daily Telegraph

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 320
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics, History & Classics