Revolution at Mid-Century: Frontiers of Development
When America shall cease to send out its Treasure But employ it at home in American Pleasure, When the new World shall the old invade, Nor count them their Lords but their Fellows in Trade. . . . Then think strange things are come to light. . . .
Sir Thomas Browne, 1686
The Russian revolution of 1917 changed the form of government for a nation of a hundred and forty million people. In the decade 1945-55, a revolution changed the form of government for at least four times as many. In the long march of man toward freedom of the human spirit, the earlier upheaval appeared in retrospect to be a counter-revolution, but the later and less acknowledged disturbance was somewhat reminiscent of the American revolutionary mood of