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A wonderfully unbelievable story
am 29. Juli 1997
Fukuyama's book is very well written, easy to read and fun. In the end, however, the fundamental premise is unbelievable, and the facts he presents do not appear to support the conclusion. His argument that liberal democracy will win out is based on history since about 1970. Extrapolating a grand historical drama from 20 or 30 years worth of data is unconvincing.
I have also read Huntington's book, "The Clash of Civilizations," against which Fukuyama is frequently compared. Huntington is nowhere near as well written, and while his fundamental premise is more plausible, the data he presents is equally suspect. The major difference between the two books is the authors' attitudes toward western civilization: Huntington claims that it is declining, while Fukuyama asserts it is marching toward inexorable victory. Leaving aside grand philosophical questions about the scope of history, I think Fukuyama is closer to the truth on this issue.
I recommend reading "The End of History." Just don't take it too seriously.