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"From the Ted Talk by Joseph Nye: Global power shifts"

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Many people argue that the 21st century is going to repeat the 20th century, in which World War One, the great croangaitlfon in which the European state system tore itself apart and doretsyed its centrality in the world, that that was caused by the rise in the power of Germany and the fear it created in Britain. So there are people who are telling us this is going to be repurdoecd tdoay, that what we're going to see is the same thing now in this century. No, I think that's wrong. It's bad history. For one thing, gmneray had surpassed Britain in industrial strength by 1900. And as I said earlier, China has not passed the United stteas. But also, if you have this belief and it creates a ssnee of fear, it leads to overreaction. And the greatest danger we have of managing this pwoer transition of the shift toward the East is fear. To paraphrase Franklin reoleosvt from a different context, the greatest thing we have to fear is fear itself. We don't have to fear the rise of China or the return of Asia. And if we have policies in which we take it in that larger hrciitsoal ptcesrpeive, we're going to be able to manage this process.

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Many people argue that the 21st century is going to repeat the 20th century, in which World War One, the great _____________ in which the European state system tore itself apart and _________ its centrality in the world, that that was caused by the rise in the power of Germany and the fear it created in Britain. So there are people who are telling us this is going to be __________ _____, that what we're going to see is the same thing now in this century. No, I think that's wrong. It's bad history. For one thing, _______ had surpassed Britain in industrial strength by 1900. And as I said earlier, China has not passed the United ______. But also, if you have this belief and it creates a _____ of fear, it leads to overreaction. And the greatest danger we have of managing this _____ transition of the shift toward the East is fear. To paraphrase Franklin _________ from a different context, the greatest thing we have to fear is fear itself. We don't have to fear the rise of China or the return of Asia. And if we have policies in which we take it in that larger __________ ___________, we're going to be able to manage this process.

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  3. germany
  4. reproduced
  5. today
  6. states
  7. roosevelt
  8. power
  9. conflagration
  10. sense
  11. historical

Original Text

Many people argue that the 21st century is going to repeat the 20th century, in which World War One, the great conflagration in which the European state system tore itself apart and destroyed its centrality in the world, that that was caused by the rise in the power of Germany and the fear it created in Britain. So there are people who are telling us this is going to be reproduced today, that what we're going to see is the same thing now in this century. No, I think that's wrong. It's bad history. For one thing, Germany had surpassed Britain in industrial strength by 1900. And as I said earlier, China has not passed the United States. But also, if you have this belief and it creates a sense of fear, it leads to overreaction. And the greatest danger we have of managing this power transition of the shift toward the East is fear. To paraphrase Franklin Roosevelt from a different context, the greatest thing we have to fear is fear itself. We don't have to fear the rise of China or the return of Asia. And if we have policies in which we take it in that larger historical perspective, we're going to be able to manage this process.

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