Did History End? Assessing the Fukuyama Thesis

Author
John Mueller
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
129
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Spring 2014
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
John Mueller reflects on Francis Fukuyama's 1989 essay that advanced the notion that history had come to an end in the sense that “liberalism, democracy and market capitalism” had triumphed as an ideology and that effective future challenges were unlikely to prevail. He concludes that Fukuyama seems to have had it fundamentally right and that his celebration of the “autonomous power of ideas” is justified.