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An uncertain new century, but a happier new year

For anyone with half an interest in current affairs, this holiday season is sorely needed—a chance to take stock, reflect and perhaps sink a stiff drink, after 12 tumultuous months. In 2016 both Brexit and President Donald Trump have moved from the realm of the unthinkable to being imminent realities. Prime Ministers in London and Rome have tumbled, and—on the strength of Chris Bickerton’s magisterial survey on p46—many more European dominoes could soon fall.

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In Prospect’s January issue: Adam Tooze and Francis Fukuyama examine the “American Century.” Tooze says that the 1917 opened the door to the future because the US seized the chance to lead, rather than for the Russian Revolution. Fukuyama says that the US has fallen from its perch, a change embodied by the election of Donald Trump. Anna Blundy puts Samuel Pepys on the couch and uses his diaries to psychoanalyse the Restoration’s chronicler. Also in this issue: Chris Bickerton examines the rise of populist parties across Europe, Peter Tatchell and Malcolm Rifkind debate whether the Uk should stop pretending Trump’s US can be its best friend, Philip Collins reviews a collection of Brexit books and DJ Taylor examines Alan Bennett’s diaries.