Lecture 25 (mini)
Are We Rome?
Lessons for the U.S.? Some general analogies and
differences between pax Romana and pax Americana
a. sole superpower; military dominance
changes ahead? - http://finance.yahoo.com/banking-budgeting/article/112616/imf-bombshell-age-america-end-marketwatch
b. how to create a sense of unity or shared values/experience; e pluribus unum1. Rome: law, cult/ritual (civil religion vs. fundamentalism), creation of opportunities, mythologizing of role models; pluralism
2. America: democracy (but are others ready?), individual liberty, creation of opportunities, mythologizing of role models, pluralism
c. "soft" vs. "hard" power: inspiration, values, culture - the issue of Romanization and Americanization
(both are hybrids, hence have global appeal);
pluralism and toleration as basic to superpowers (Amy Chua, Day of Empire, 2007)
d. Obvious differences: technology, health and hygiene, educational system, representative democracy
Final perspective on our class: "What we did this semester will echo in eternity!"
Thank you all for a great semester.