Friday, 3 June 2011

The Origins of Political Order - New Books in History Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama is most famous for the phrase 'the end of history'.  This was supposed to have happened with the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The basic idea was that mankind had finally worked out the ideal way of organising their societies and that the way to do it was a liberal democracy.   This book seems to be filling in a lot of the detail around that basic idea.  Going from the origin of man as a species up to the French Revolution, this is broad brush stuff indeed.  Listen to this if you want to hear some interesting ways of looking at how humans behave and how that has affected the way history has developed.

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