Bruno Maçães

Bruno Maçães

History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America

Festival of Ideas Online/
Tue 04 August 2020

Crowdcast

Bruno Maçães

History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America

Bruno Maçães
Tue 04 August 2020,

Crowdcast

Read the transcript: Bruno Maçães, History Has Begun

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Popular consensus says that the US rose over two centuries to Cold War victory and world domination, and is now in slow decline. But is this right? History’s great civilisations have always maintained their supremacy for a much longer period of time, and for all its colossal power, the US was overshadowed by Europe until recently. What if this isn’t the end but only the beginning?

Bruno Maçães is one of the world’s leading commentators with recent books covering the rise of Eurasia and the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative. His new book, History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America, offers a compelling and unnerving vision of America’s future.

In this event, Maçães takes us from the early American Republic to the turbulent present, when, he argues, the US is finally forging its own path. We can see the birth pangs of this new civilisation in today’s debates on guns, religion, foreign policy and the significance of Trump. What will this new America look like and what will its values be? And what will this mean for the rest of the west and the world? In conversation with Festival of Ideas director Andrew Kelly.

An image of the front cover of the book History Has Begun by Bruno Macaes.

History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America is published by Hurst. Buy a copy from our bookseller partner Waterstones.

Thanks to Hurst Publishers for supporting this event.

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