in Kulturkampf

Age of Uncertainty: the Colonial Idea

This episode of John Kenneth Galbraith’s 1977 BBC series is probably the best examination of colonialism in broadcast television history. If anything, the age of globalization has merely intensified the issues examined herein — which is strange, because Galbraith was speaking in a Cold War world. Galbraith’s observations about the Soviet experience with global power proved prescient when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan two years later.

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