History's Shadow at Wiliiamsburg

The eight previous economic summit meetings were pageants of wealth and power, set in or near grand palaces that were built with the sweat and blood of ordinary people. For the ninth summit, the scene was turned on its head. The buildings of Williamsburg, where the leaders of the seven major industrialized democracies gathered over the weekend, could be tucked into one wing of Versailles, the site of last year's meeting. Marble, granite and gold gave way to wood, brick and pewter. Vistas of canals and cobbled courtyards yielded to intimate gardens of a...

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