Waterloo: the fall of a superpower

Military power doesn’t deliver the goods any more. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

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“Battle of Leipzig” by Alexander Zaureweid.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 06/17/2015 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 06/17/2015 12:00 am EDT

Thursday is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and in the course of the day you are almost bound to hear or read somebody claiming that it changed history. It was a very big battle, after all, and it would be a century before Europe saw war on that scale again. But did the events of June, 18, 1815 change history? Probably not.

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