This book theorizes that the basic civilizational pillars of family, community, tradition and faith are severely eroding in the industrial/technological West. This has caused Western civilization itself to enter a period of fragmentation and decline. In The Third World Century, Charles Goodwin assesses the present aspect and ambiance of western civilization with an eye to its prospects. The author also evaluates those civilizational forces emerging on the periphery as the weakening of the West's fundamental societal pillars allows them to gather momentum from their bases in the Third World. Contents: Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction; THE POST WORLD WAR II ORDER CRUMBLES; Disintegration of The Second World; Russia: Past and Prognosis; The New Chinese Empire: A Peoples Republic Colossus; The First World Flounders; Technology: Monster or Messiah?; A Bankruptcy of Precepts; The Future of the Republican Ideal; THE TEMPORARY RISE OF SPHERISM; Atrophy of Internationalism: Growth of Super Spheres; Spherical Tensions; New Combinations and Configurations; INSIDE THE THIRD WORLD ORDER; Quadruple Basics; Fundamental Values and Structures; TESSERAE OF THE EMERGING MOSAIC; The Evolution of Socio-Politics; Post Technological Polity.