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2284 World Society

Iaian Vernier's Memoir

Seymour W. Itzkoff

2284: World Society, Iaian Vernier’s Memoir is a fascinating study of mankind. Written as a work of fiction, it looks at the human condition 200 years in the future. Predicting the outcome of today’s social policies, 2284 is a cultural anthropology study that adds to Itzkoff’s extensive writing on the topic. Iaian Vernier writes in 2284 of the revolutionary internationalism that has been established in Nairobi, Africa. He chronicles the disasters that almost destroyed the twenty-first-century world. He describes in anecdote and philosophical depth the new scientific and secular world that has been established to bring peace, equality, ethnic diversity and democracy to humanity, while scrutinizing the plans for demographic stability that will sustain humanity into the future. In the twenty-third century, the forbidden rationality of the scientific minds of the twenty-first century have been unleashed.
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Chapter 12. Universal and Plural

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Our historians see it as important that we look back in order to guide ourselves forward. In the early twentieth century there were a number of large national blocs—Austro-Hungary, the British, Russian, German, and Ottoman Empires. In almost all of these cases these blocs were the product of aggressive national groups that were able to expand over a wide swath of former medieval and early modern nationalities-ethnicities. This general perspective would also include Italy, France and Spain, although Spain did not actively engage in WWI. The war’s conclusion saw the disintegration of the existing monarchical order, which had been declining for a long time.

A great concatenation of national ethnicities was the result of this macro pseudo-political structure of the twentieth century and earlier. For example, Hungary was carved up, some put into the Czech Republic’s Slovakian province, some parceled out to Rumania. The western Slavic parts of the Austrian Empire eventually became Yugoslavia, especially under the Soviet-Russian hegemon. By the end of the century Yugoslavia, a product of this universalist move of Soviet communism, had itself disintegrated ← 75 | 76 →into a series of genocidal wars between a variety of national ethnicities and religions.

In one part of the Austrian Empire, Galicia, the major city was Lemburg, which before WWI was described as having a prosperous middle class—one third German/Austrian, one third Polish, one third Jewish. In the countryside surrounding this city were ethnic Slavs/Slovaks, called by the Austrians, Ruthenians. These impoverished peasants claimed...

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