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This is the summer of normal people as celebrity culture loses its lustre

Katie Byrne



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The covers of British Vogue feature frontline workers

The covers of British Vogue feature frontline workers

The covers of British Vogue feature frontline workers

In 1978, Sir John Glubb, a celebrated British Army officer who served in World War I, wrote The Fate of Empires. The extraordinarily prescient essay charts 4,000 years of world history and argues that rising and falling empires follow the very same pattern.

According to Glubb, the "life expectance of a great nation commences with a violent and usually unforeseen outburst of energy" and ends, decades later, "in a lowering of moral standards, cynicism, pessimism and frivolity".


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