As an industrial and colonial revolution consumes the world, the beleaguered members of the Concord Initiative--led by the unflinching Gasparro Cavallo--will confront the General Crisis of a modernizing era. All that was established is in upheaval. All that was known is now doubted. All that was called civilization is now folly. How could it have come to this? Only one thing is certain. History will have no mercy on the losers.