This week we are going to listen to the first 10 minutes of a lecture given by Jennifer Welsh, called The Return of History. This lecture is part of an annual Canadian lecture series called the Massey Lectures. The participant can speak about whatever subject he or she wishes to. Welsh is a professor of international relations and was the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General. The topic of her lecture series is liberal democracy.
We are going to watch the first 10 minutes (3:50-13:45).
Answer the questions:
- What events marked Jennifer’s parents’ and older siblings’ generations?
- Describe the atmosphere at the time of the fall of the Berlin wall.
- What is Fukyama’s main idea?
- What international events supported his thesis?
- What makes his arguments appealing?
- How did Plato feel about democracy?
- How did the French and then the American revolutions help develop liberal democracy?
She speaks quite slowly and clearly but I have transcribed 3:50-13:45 to help you if you need help.