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The Fading of Structural Postmodernism and a Triumphal Exception: Francis Fukuyama

in On the Future of History

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780226072791
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226072814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226072814.003.0012
The Fading of Structural Postmodernism and a Triumphal Exception: Francis Fukuyama

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The accelerating globalization in the post-1945 world raised entirely new questions about progress. On the one hand, particularly, globalization supplied a new opposition to favorable views of progress. On the other hand, the spread of the capitalist market economy into all corners of the world and its competition with Communist regimes as well as democratic socialist countries brought a variety of defenses of progress. The strongest support for progress views of history came from the so-called modernization theories. These saw progress fueled primarily by economic forces that were guided and enhanced by technological innovations and capitalist ordering principles. They implied a promise of a universal human condition free of the most burdensome cares, problems, and sufferings of the past.

Keywords: structural postmodernism; globalization; progress; capitalism; market economy; Communist regimes; modernization theories

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Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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