Friday, April 20, 2007

Entry #41: End of Histories Collection

The term “End of History” was coined by a 1992 book entitled The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama. The idea of the end of the history is not a new one, as it goes back to Karl Marx, who believed that historical development was determined by “the interplay of material forces” and would result in a society that “resolved all prior contradictions” of social class (building upon Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel). The beautiful thing about Marx’s theory is that there is no timeline of event.

So Francis Fukuyama said that the end is now.

That Western ideals have taken root and that we are at “the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”

Fukuyama was too early in his declaration. But I wonder, is there an end to the histories of such things as color, transportation, and communication?

The answer is likely the same as my take on Fukuyama- are you effing kidding me? Of course not!

History of Communications by Erik Nitsche

History of Physics by Erik Nitsche

History of Transportation by Erik Nitsche

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