Readership: Anyone interested in the history of conflict between East and West, from classical antiquity, through the struggles between Islam and Christianity in the Crusades and the Enlightenment, to the problems of the twenty-first century
Anthony Pagden, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
Review(s) from previous edition"consistently engaging. - Scotland on Sunday.
"His bold, panoramic and highly readable book is often a page-turner...Worlds at War is hard to put down." - Amy Chua The Scotsman
"Pagden's narrative is engagingly written and always interesting." - Literary review, John Gray
"If you are going to read only one book on the Manichean struggle between East and West, this is the book" - Efraim Karsh, Professor of Mediterranean Studies at the University of London and author of Islamic Imperialism: A History
"A masterpiece of stunning scope, readability, and relevance. Pagden is as fine a storyteller as he is a scholar. Worlds at War makes epic battles of the past come alive, not just as turning points of history but as illuminations of what is happening today in Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan.
" - Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution and former US Deputy Secretary of State
"fine vignettes...witty, provocative, conversation from a `age.
" - The Economist
"Learned, fluent and thorough... One of the pleasures of Pagden's splendid book is that it is perfectly possible to enjoy and learn from it while disagreeing with its thesis
" - Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph,
"There is much to admire in Pagden's book. His breadth of knowledge across two and a half millenia of Western (and to a great extent Eastern) history is impressive... As an intellectual history of Western views of the East, the book is exemplary." - Ian Garrick Mason. Spectator.
"'Worlds at War' offers some fine vignettes...witty, provocative conversation from a sage." - Economist
"Learned, fluent and thoroughly entertaining account." - Dominic Sandbrook. Telegraph Review.
1: Perpetual Enmity
2: In the Shadow of Alexander
3: A World of Citizens
4: The Church Triumphant
5: The Coming of Islam
6: Houses of War
7: The Present Terror of the World
8: Science Ascendant
9: Enlightened Orientalism
10: The Mohammed of the West
11: The Eastward Course of Empire
12: Epilogue: Towards the Future