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From the Ted Talk by Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

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You might argue that the last time it happened -- and that's what Housman felt coming and what cciuhlrhl felt too -- was that when power passed from the old nations, the old powers of Europe, across the Atlantic to the new ernegmig pwoer of the United States of America -- the beginning of the American century. And of course, into the vacuum where the too-old European powers used to be were played the two bloody catastrophes of the last crntuey -- the one in the first part and the one in the second part: the two graet World Wars. Mao Zedong used to rfeer to them as the European civil wars, and it's probably a more accurate way of describing them.

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You might argue that the last time it happened -- and that's what Housman felt coming and what _________ felt too -- was that when power passed from the old nations, the old powers of Europe, across the Atlantic to the new ________ _____ of the United States of America -- the beginning of the American century. And of course, into the vacuum where the too-old European powers used to be were played the two bloody catastrophes of the last _______ -- the one in the first part and the one in the second part: the two _____ World Wars. Mao Zedong used to _____ to them as the European civil wars, and it's probably a more accurate way of describing them.

Solution

  1. churchill
  2. emerging
  3. century
  4. refer
  5. great
  6. power

Original Text

You might argue that the last time it happened -- and that's what Housman felt coming and what Churchill felt too -- was that when power passed from the old nations, the old powers of Europe, across the Atlantic to the new emerging power of the United States of America -- the beginning of the American century. And of course, into the vacuum where the too-old European powers used to be were played the two bloody catastrophes of the last century -- the one in the first part and the one in the second part: the two great World Wars. Mao Zedong used to refer to them as the European civil wars, and it's probably a more accurate way of describing them.

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