THE CONVERSATION: America looks hopeless – a lot like the ‘mother country’ once did


Published: 23Jul2018

(Opinion by JM Opal, Associate Professor of History, McGill University) A decade ago, as the scale of the disaster in Iraq began to sink in, American historians often compared the United States to ancient Rome. Both seemed to suffer from an imperial disease whose symptoms began with overreach and ended in collapse. 

This is a useful way for Americans like me to consider our troubles abroad. But when it comes to our democracy’s problems at home, the closer parallel is with 18th century Britain, the “mother country” from which the United States broke away in 1776. Read More