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The View From Prague
The expectations of world leaders at the dawn of the 21st century

Václav Havel et al.

Edited by Jiří Musil, Charles University, Prague and Tomáš Vrba, New York University, Prague

This work is the result of the Forum 2000 conferences initiated by Václav Havel and Elie Wiesel. The book is based mainly on the first five conferences which were held in Prague from 1997.
The first essay written by Václav Havel deals with spiritual preconditions of the global survival of humankind, and the second one is the quintessence of Havel’s views on the world which we have inherited as well as his views on our hopes for the future. The book closes with Havel’s personal reflection on the deeper meaning and aim of the Forum 2000 meetings.
Subsequent chapters analyze and interpret the ideas that were expressed by the speakers and interlocutors of the first five conferences in which they tried to identify and understand the primary issues facing mankind globally. Reflections deal with the main dimensions of globalization and with their synchronicities as well as asynchronicities based on the quintessences of the annual conference reports.


How the Idea of Forum 2000 Emerged Jiří Musil and Takeaki Hori; Part I Our World Spiritual Preconditions for Our Common Global Survival Václav Havel; The World We Have Inherited, Our World Today, and Hopes for the Future Václav Havel; Part II Problems and Visions of Our World Today as Seen by the Participants of Forum 2000 Conferences Importance of the Context Jiří Musil; Globalization, Society and Culture Jiří Musil; Two Examples of Socio-Cultural Disintegration Caused by Globalization Takeaki Hori; The Transformations of Religion in the Process of Globalization Tomáš Halík; Political GlobalizationJiří Pehe An Economic View of the World Jana Marková; Global Environmental Problems Václav Mezřický; Both the Rationality of Precise Analysis and the Naivety of Ideals Are Needed Vladimír Karfík; Why Forum 2000? Václav Havel; Appendixes Prague Declaration; Participants of the Forum 2000 Conferences (1997–2005)


288 pages
ISBN 978-963-7326-92-9 cloth $44.95 / €34.95 / £30.00
ISBN 978-963-7326-95-0 paperback $25.95 / €22.95 / £18.99