Empire Of Democracy: The Remaking Of The West Since The Cold War, 1971–2017

Empire Of Democracy: The Remaking Of The West Since The Cold War, 1971–2017


The first panoramic history of the Western world from the 1970s to the present day, Empire of Democracy is the story for those asking how we got to where we are.

Half a century ago, at the height of the Cold War and amidst a world economic crisis, the Western democracies were forced to undergo a profound transformation. Against what some saw as a full-scale “crisis of democracy”— with race riots, anti-Vietnam marches and a wave of worker discontent sowing crisis from one nation to the next— a new political-economic order was devised and the postwar social contract was torn up and written anew.

In this epic narrative of the events that have shaped our own times, Simon Reid-Henry shows how liberal democracy, and western history with it, was profoundly reimagined when the postwar Golden Age ended. As the institutions of liberal rule were reinvented, a new generation of politicians emerged: Thatcher, Reagan, Mitterrand, Kohl. The late twentieth century heyday they oversaw carried the Western democracies triumphantly to victory in the Cold War and into the economic boom of the 1990s. But equally it led them into the fiasco of Iraq, to the high drama of the financial crisis in 2007/8, and ultimately to the anti-liberal surge of our own times.

The present crisis of liberalism enjoins us to revisit these as yet unscripted decades. The era we have all been living through is closing out, democracy is turning on its axis once again. As this panoramic history poignantly reminds us, the choices we make going forward require us first to come to terms with where we have been.


  • 001 EmpireOfDemocracy Open Introduction
    Duration: 31min
  • 002 EmpireOfDemocracy Prologue TwoHelicopters
    Duration: 31min
  • 003 EmpireOfDemocracy PartI DemocracyUnbound Ch1 TheUnravelling
    Duration: 01h27min
  • 004 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch2 TheCrisisOfCapitalism a
    Duration: 01h11min
  • 005 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch2 TheCrisisOfCapitalism b
    Duration: 01h08min
  • 006 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch3 TheReckoning a
    Duration: 01h19min
  • 007 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch3 TheReckoning b
    Duration: 01h08min
  • 008 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch4 ASplitInTheWorld
    Duration: 01h26min
  • 009 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch5 LetFuryHaveTheHour a
    Duration: 01h05min
  • 010 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch5 LetFuryHaveTheHour b
    Duration: 01h03min
  • 011 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch6 TheVictoryRemakingEurope
    Duration: 01h29min
  • 012 EmpireOfDemocracy PartII NovusOrdoSeclorum Ch7 AmericaAndAWorldTransformed a
    Duration: 01h02min
  • 013 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch7 AmericaAndAWorldTransformed b
    Duration: 44min
  • 014 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch8 TheGreatConvergence a
    Duration: 01h10min
  • 015 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch8 TheGreatConvergence b
    Duration: 49min
  • 016 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch9 ADemocraticPeace
    Duration: 01h12min
  • 017 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch10 TheNewProsperity a
    Duration: 56min
  • 018 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch10 TheNewProsperity b
    Duration: 51min
  • 019 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch11 FarewellToAllThat a
    Duration: 01h14min
  • 020 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch11 FarewellToAllThat b
    Duration: 58min
  • 021 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch12 BlueprintsForTheNewMillennium a
    Duration: 48min
  • 022 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch12 BlueprintsForTheNewMillennium b
    Duration: 42min
  • 023 EmpireOfDemocracy PartIII VictoryWithoutPeace Ch13 TheAssaultOnFreedom a
    Duration: 01h04min
  • 024 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch13 TheAssaultOnFreedom b
    Duration: 01h14min
  • 025 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch14 InTheShadowOfWar a
    Duration: 55min
  • 026 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch14 InTheShadowOfWar b
    Duration: 50min
  • 027 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch15 TheGreatRecession a
    Duration: 01h18min
  • 028 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch15 TheGreatRecession b
    Duration: 01h06min
  • 029 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch16 BackToTheStreets a
    Duration: 01h11min
  • 030 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch16 BackToTheStreets b
    Duration: 01h07min
  • 031 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch17 CrisisUponCrisis a
    Duration: 59min
  • 032 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch17 CrisisUponCrisis b
    Duration: 58min
  • 033 EmpireOfDemocracy Ch18 Epilogue TheEndOfAnEra Close
    Duration: 52min