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Prospect's editor introduces the latest issue, and shares his thoughts on holidays and life perspective

Welcome to the summer holiday issue of Prospect. As well as enjoying what Nietzsche called the joy of short-term routines, holidays are meant to give you some perspective on your own life—and if you are abroad they sometimes even fuzzily reveal your own country glimpsed over a suntanned shoulder. As an army of British holidaymakers fans out across the map, one “who are we?” question worth thinking about is why we remain such eager interveners all over the world. Is it a generous, outgoing spirit of wanting to do our bit to make the world a better, less dangerous place—a…

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