Science: Gilpin, Geopolitician

The fulfillment of a master role in the history of civilization can no more be evaded by the United States than it could be by their prototype, the Roman republic. [The U.S. and Russia] are among the largest and strongest . . . civilized powers . . . and both are growing larger and stronger while the other powers of Christendom are falling into decay. Build (a) railway between them, and America-and Russia may join hands against the rest of the world on any issue. . . .

These words were spoken just 70 years...

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