Magazine article New Internationalist

1947 – When Now Begins

Magazine article New Internationalist

1947 – When Now Begins

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1947 – when now begins by Elisabeth Åsbrink, translated by Fiona Graham (Scribe, ISBN 978-1-911344-42-1)

What can a single year teach us about our past, present and future? How can a snapshot of people (from George Orwell to Eleanor Roosevelt), places (from Cairo to Coburg) and events (from the invention of the Kalashnikov to the partition of India) in the news 70 years ago be relevant to us today? In 1947- when now begins, the answer is expressed thus: 'It has happened, so it can happen again.'

In this highly readable and original narrative history, Swedish journalist and author Elisabeth Asbrink offers a salutary lesson that gives the lie to the idea that humanity learns from its mistakes, and reminds us that small steps and seemingly minor choices can make waves, both across the globe and across time. Even as the world recovered from a devastating war, the seeds of conflicts were being sown - Palestine, India/Pakistan - that remain unresolved today. …

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