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Revisiting the End of History

The Long Now Foundation
Francis Fukuyama: The End of History Revisited, Chapter 2

Synopsis:
The introduction to a longer speech in which Francis Fukuyama looks back on his original idea for the “end of history.”

Critical Thinking Questions:

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From this introduction, does it appear that Fukuyama still believes his argument made in The End of History?
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To what degree does Fukuyama’s argument about the progress of history fit into the idea of thinking theoretically as discussed in Chapter 1? How is this reflected in his discussion of Japan and Papua New Guinea?
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A Mythical Clash?

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“Edward Said: The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations (excerpt)”

Synopsis:
Edward Said lectures on Samuel Huntington’s “The Clash of Civilizations.

Critical Thinking Questions:

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Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations has been influential in thinking about the war on terrorism. Said links the clash of “civilizations” to the clash of ideologies in the Cold War. To what degree does the historical impact of the Cold War affect how the world approaches the war on terrorism?
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What is the main argument of Said’s lecture? How does his argument reflect the changes in thinking about international relations since the end of the Cold War?

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These video clips and associated critical thinking questions provide real-world insights into international relations.