Topic: Fukuyama thesis
May 25, 2019 / By Julianna Question:
Some believe the collapse of European communism in 1989 and the riser of fundamental terrorism have marked the End of History.
What does this mean in relationship to all Past historical events?
Glenice | 9 days ago
Bilbo, while your answer is great and all, you don't seem to understand the question. The term "End of History" comes from Francis Fukuyama's book The End of History and the Last Man. He's not arguing that history itself is coming to an end. Events will still happen. Rather, he argues that more and more nations will begin to adopt democracy as a political system, until all nations are democracies.
To answer the asker's question: to Fukuyama, the collapse of European communism was really the "End of History." Communism represented the last political system that was a challenge to democracy. Once Communist regimes began failing in the 1990s, there was no political system left to challenge democracy.
What does this mean in relationship to all past historical events? You could argue that historical evidence proves more and more nations are adopting democratic regimes, which in turn proves Fukuyama's thesis correct.
One of those clever aphorisms that don't really work. We will always have history. Some countries have more than others of course, and the whole European Communism thing is rather shorter than 7 centuries of varying degrees of Moorish occupation of the Iberian peninsula.