For all history up to the end of the Cold War, summit meetings were historic and dramatic occasions, when leaders who controlled the destiny of much of the world met to change the world.
Introspection and preserved writings give us far more insight into the ways of past humans than we have into the ways of past dinosaurs. For that reason, I’m optimistic that we can eventually arrive at convincing explanations for these broadest patterns of human history.
Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.
When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.