Succeeding revolutions

By Ian Hackett

In these early years of the 21st century, we are witnessing the start of a global revolution whose eventual significance will dwarf that of anything which has gone before. But the essence of this revolution is not new. The 21st century’s struggles for global democracy and against US hegemony, are very much a repeat, albeit on a much larger and potentially more horrific scale, of the 18th century struggles of the English colonists in America against the tyranny of the British empire. The events surrounding 2001/9/11 and its aftermath can be analysed as this century’s global equivalent of the Boston Tea Party and the revolution that followed, and as the parallel histories presented in “Succeeding Revolutions” illustrate, the story of 18th century America is littered with themes which offer salutary lessons for today.

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