TITLE

JULY 1914 -- JULY 1964

AUTHOR(S)
McNeill, William H.
PUB. DATE
July 1964
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jul1964, Vol. 42 Issue 4, p559
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses changes in Europe brought about in the span of fifty years from 1914 to 1964. The modern societies and new potentials which Europe witnessed, were never imagined by the people during the first world war. Half a century has now elapsed since Lord Charles, Earl Grey's liberal, nineteenth-century world leaped toward its own destruction. With 50 years' perspective it ought to begin to be possible to estimate trends and detect the lines of development in Western civilization that have become important since 1914. But in view of what has been done since 1914 to transform economic and social relationships according to arbitrary human will and political plan, the older confidence in the existence of binding laws that unambiguously define either the necessary or the best possible system of society can scarcely be sustained. In other parts of the world the trend of political development appears exactly opposite to that prevailing in Europe. Fragmentation rather than integration has characterized the political and economic development of all the lands in Asia and Africa.
ACCESSION #
14711093

 

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