The West is playing with fire by rejecting the Enlightenment values that created it -by Robert Tombs
Here is an article by Robert Tombs for the Telegraph dated 16th April 2021.
Professor Tombs is Emeritus Professor of French History at the University of Cambridge and the author of ‘The English and Their History’ and ‘The Sovereign Isle: Britain, Europe and Beyond’
His article begins with these words:
Those of us who associated Prince Philip with a life of pomp, deference, polo and palaces have learnt that his early life was one of danger, disruption and tragedy. At the time of his birth, an influential best-seller was Oswald Spengler’s The Decline of the West – our present-day worries are nothing new. The First World War had shattered a two-century story of rising European power, wealth and cultural primacy. Revolution destroyed the Continent’s cosmopolitan aristocratic society. Economic turmoil undermined social stability. Fascism, a toxic hybrid of archaism and modernity, took hold in the cradles of European culture, shaking its moral foundations. For many intellectuals, the liberal order was doomed.
But of course it wasn’t. The hard-fought victory of 1945 brought a period of relative stability. Though overshadowed by the Cold War stand-off between the United States and the USSR, it was a time of unequalled peace and prosperity for Britain and Europe. The collapse of the Communist bloc in the 1980s and 1990s created a short period of euphoria, when the apparent triumph of Western liberalism even seemed to herald “the end of history” through “the universalisation of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government”, in the words of the historian Francis Fukuyama. Only Western ideas, it seemed, provided a coherent blueprint for human progress.
But almost at once, instead of global harmony there began another phase of challenges to Western assumptions, not least from within.
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The photograph below was taken on a visit by HRH Prince Philip - Duke of Edinburgh - on a visit in 1957 to Catterick camp in Yorkshire where I was under training to be an officer in Royal Signals. I was inside the lorry manning a powerful transmitter and the man outside was Michael Shea, CVO who obviously made a very good impression as he became Press Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II from 1978 to 1987.