The End of Politics: Contemporary Spectres of Identity, the Self, and Ideology

Francis Fukuyama’s 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man posits that with the fall of the Soviet Union, the liberal democracies of the West represent not only the dominant ideology worldwide, but also a new universal force of enduring global peace. Using Georg Friedrich Hegel’s theories of epochal history as his historical foundation, Fukuyama argues that Western liberal democracy has superseded the need for continuing epochal historical analysis — in turn, bringing about the “End of History”, as described by Hegel…