Saturday 19 August 2017

Comment: If this really is a turning point in world history, are we ready?

Donald Trump shows little understanding of how the world really works Photo: Reuters
Donald Trump shows little understanding of how the world really works Photo: Reuters
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Over the past two centuries, four individual years have stood out as being turning points in Europe. The year 1815 saw the defeat of Napoleon and the ushering in of a European order that led to a century of rarely interrupted peace on the continent. It was against this political backdrop that the transformative impact of the industrial revolution took hold.

The Great War brought the end of that European order. Thirty years of horror followed.

Then 1945 marked the end of World War II and the beginning of a period of democracy and unprecedented mass prosperity in the western part of the continent.

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