Richard Melson

September 2006

1919: Global Versus Parochial

Modern Times:

The World from the Twenties to the Nineties.

Revised Edition

By: Paul Johnson


First Sentence of this book:

The modern world began on 29 May 1919 when photographs of a solar eclipse,

taken on the island of Principe off West Africa and at Sobral Brazil,

confirmed the truth of a new theory of the universe.

Comment: May 29 versus May 4

Paul Johnson is a Thatcherite Conservative historian

who sees the world in terms of three "centrisms":

In the longer view of history,

less distorted by parochial Johnson-type "West-itis,"

the May Fourth Movement in China in 1919

will be seen as more important or as important as Paul Johnson’s May 29.

The 1919 Egyptian Revolution,

which so stamped the Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz

(Nobel Prize, 1988, died August 2006)

will also be seen as part of this larger megatrend,

the awakening of the non-West.

Go to:

1919: Modern Times

September 2, 2006