I Particularly like Strayer's reflection at the end of this chapter. It's a really good thing for us to think about, this notion that unlike the earlier parts of history we'll study later in the year, in this part of history, we don't know the end of the story. How long will America's dominance last? Will democracy survive in the places in which it is new; Africa, the Middle East? Will we poison our planet to the point of drastically changing the way our species survives? Will global terrorism shift the balance of power? What about fundamentalist religions, will they rise to dominance, or will more moderate forms prevail?
All these question may not be answered in your lifetime, certainly not in mine.
And that is the way it was for the people who lived in the societies we will look at later. They must have asked the same questions about their own times - how does the story end? And in this very real way, we can relate to people in the past and gain insight,
Ways of of the world, hmmm.