is Lecturer in International Relations at The London School of Economics and Political Science.
He would like to thank Winifred Amaturo, Chris Boyle, Simon Bromley, and Gregory Elliott for helpful comments and suggestions.
And there is thus a widely shared feeling that we can finally look back on the tumult of our times with what has been called "that secret weapon of the historian, hindsight." The unity of a historical epoch has been laid bare.
The time has now come to explain it and to make moral and political and sociological sense of what has happened.
The pamphlet opened with a stirring dedication: We baptize the twentieth century—in the name of Peace, Liberty, and Progress! We ask of the new century a Religion without superstition; Politics without war; Science and the arts without materialism; and wealth without misery or wrong!