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The Greatness of Nations: Who Can Survive?

11/08/2013, LIU Post Campus Event3 Nov 8Humanities Hall Room 119

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November 8, 2013
Section 1: 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Section 2: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.|
Humanities Hall Room 119
Fee: $30

Please call 516-299-2580 to register

The greatness of nations has never been permanent – some mega-states endure for centuries, others for decades, but all seem to have limited lifetimes. Rome eventually vanished. Historic China, Spain, Portugal, the old Indian and Arab empires all declined.  In the twentieth-century, other very powerful states collapsed – Germany, the Soviet Union, Czarist Russia, the Austro-Hungarian Kingdom, the Ottomans. Britain and France lost their greatness. What does history tell us about the nature of such power? What are the signs and warnings of decline? Are there identifiable “tipping-points” when greatness begins to go? Is reversal possible and can recovery take place? Will America, a great modern country without large territories, be an exception? Do the experiences of the past apply to America today? What lessons are relevant to America’s future? Prof. Ralph Buultjens,* well-known scholar and analyst of international affairs, will examine these questions in the context of both history and today’s world situation.

*Buultjens, Ralph – Senior Professor at NYU and former Nehru Professor at Cambridge University (UK); author of books on international politics/history, and regular commentator on television; has received several awards (including the Toynbee Prize) and international honors for excellence in teaching and scholarship; guest lecturer.

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