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Tumultuous Britain

By Tom Chatfield  

According to most commentators on world power, China is the future, America is the present and Britain is the past. Inside our November issue, however, Walter Russell Mead argues that the history of Britain and America’s “special relationship” suggests something rather different: that immigration, social change and the financial muscles of the City may just be heralding an era of British revival on the world stage.

Mead takes the long perspective, looking across the 230 years since American independence and finding more trends and continuities than British commentators are wont to—including the central fact that, for roughly three centuries, “the…

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