There must always be a sense of anticipation when a new century dawns. It is a moment when people tend to take stock, reassessing the past and looking forward to the future. But with the move into the twenty-first century, the level of expectation is inevitably heightened with the inauguration of a new millennium. The stocktaking must, as a consequence, occur on a grander scale, embracing not only the previous century but the last thousand years. Although nothing so ambitious has been attempted in this book, there is an assumption that there may have been a transformation in world politics at the end of the twentieth century. World history, however, does not necessarily oblige by ensuring that the transformation occurs at just that point in time when one century and, as it happens, one millennium, gives way to another.
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