Premature obsequies?


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History Today
Vol. 41, no. 4 (April 1991), p. 44-47


The dramatic upheavals of 1989-90 in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union have combined with the controversial thesis, summed up by the American academic, Francis Fukuyama, that these and other events presage 'the end of history' in which the old driving forces of ideology and belief will be subsumed into a global economic consensus based on Western liberal capitalism. In a major new series, History Today is asking a range of eminent historians to discuss whether in the light of this, Marxism and possibly other-isms retain any validity as tools for interpreting the progress of history within their field. We begin the series with Christopher Hill, who over half a century has built up a reputation as the leading historian of seventeenth-century England, writing from a Marxist perspective