Free World: Why a Crisis of the West Reveals the Opportunity by Timothy Garton Ash

By Timothy Garton Ash

Publish yr note: First released in 2004
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"We, the unfastened, face a frightening chance. earlier generations may perhaps purely dream of a loose international. Now we will start to make it."

In his welcome replacement to the rampant pessimism approximately Euro-American relatives, award-winning historian Timothy Garton Ash stocks an inspiring imaginative and prescient for the way the U.S. and Europe can collaborate to advertise a unfastened world.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the West has plunged into hindrance. Europe attempts to outline itself towards the USA, and the US more and more regards Europe as challenging and beside the point. what's to turn into of what we used to name "the unfastened world"? half historical past, half manifesto, Free global offers either a scintillating review of our present geopolitical crisis and a very important argument for the way forward for liberty and the shared values of the West.

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The first shock would await him already on Putney’s main street, with Starbucks to his right and Caffè Nero to his left. Our once famously awful British food has been transformed: pizza and panini are on sale at every corner, while you must hunt to find a suet pudding or a Spotted Dick (a traditional English dessert). People from Seattle to Sheffield to Sarajevo now wear the same brands of T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. To judge merely from outward appearance, the Reverend Fraser could as well be a Canadian software specialist or a Slovenian journalist.

N. resolution on March 10, answered by Blair’s neo-Churchillian speech to the House of Commons on March 18, and so on. What conclusions can be drawn from this already familiar story? Unsurprisingly, many have blamed the collapse of Blair’s bridge on Blair himself. They have charged him with “amateurism” in foreign policy, with “hubris,” and with becoming “Bush’s poodle”—that is, preferring a subordinate relationship with a right-wing administration in the United States to a partnership with Social or Christian Democratic equals in Europe.

Churchill and churchillisms All British foreign policy since 1940 has been footnotes to Churchill. The British are still living with the consequences of his strategic choices between America and Europe. Most of their ongoing dilemmas are anticipated in his speeches. His black-and-white photograph on the wall as you ascend the staircase at No. 10 Downing Street is no bigger than that of Neville Chamberlain or Clement Attlee, but he is the only former prime minister to have another large portrait photo prominently displayed on the ground floor.

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