In 1989 Franis Fukuyame wrote an essay titled “The end of history“. In it, and its subsequent 1992 book, he argued that with the advent of democracy humankind had found its last form of government. Seems kind of naive now doesn’t it?
So could it have been, or in what way was it, the “end of history”? It appeared to be the end of the Cold War, just don’t tell that to Castro’s Cuba or the imprisoned citizens of North Korea, or citizens of Ukraine. It is sad reading this chapter that the word “terrorism” isn’t used once yet the idea of a “new world order” is touted about by Ambrose and Bush and others.
In an editorial in Life Magazine (remember those?) near WWII Henry Luce declared the 20th century the “American Century”. arguing that all centuries have great nations that lead the way, Britain the 19th century, France in the 18th, and that now it was America’s turn.
Derrick Bell snidely commented that the “American Century foundered on the shoals of Vietnam”. But did it? What would Ambrose say? And why do you think, or does Ambrose think, we didn’t financially support the emerging democracies in eastern Europe any better? Did we really need to spend $* billion on the unwindable “war on drugs”?
In terms of the quiz keep an eye on Gorbachev, other names you may know, like Dick Cheney and of course the immediate events, the dot in the center of the circles of causality, that caused the end of the Cold War.