History Repeating (Hardback)

Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall

Sam Wilkin

The laws of political turmoil laid bare in five astonishing stories

Most of the time, politics is boring. In most countries, the Average Joe rules. Extremists of the left and right can gnash their teeth but serious politicians know they desert the centre ground at their peril. It's the iron law of electoral politics.

That is, in normal times.

What about times when the centre can't hold, when the extremists take back control and set about making their country great again?

At such moments, the best guide to the future is the past. Political chaos might be scary but it isn't all that chaotic. In fact, as risk analyst Sam Wilkin reveals in History Repeating, it has hidden rules.

Beneath the noise and confusion of history, from Lenin and Khomeini to Trump and Brexit, there are patterns. The same drama plays out again and again, with minor variations. It isn't the story you think you know. It contains surprises and profound mysteries. But once you have seen the inner logic of the past century's political disasters, you might just be ready to face the interesting times to come.

Publication date: 15/03/2018

£20.00

ISBN: 9781781259689

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Current Affairs, History & Classics, Politics & Economics

History Repeating (Ebook)

Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall

Sam Wilkin

The laws of political turmoil laid bare in five astonishing stories

Most of the time, politics is boring. In most countries, the Average Joe rules. Extremists of the left and right can gnash their teeth but serious politicians know they desert the centre ground at their peril. It's the iron law of electoral politics.

That is, in normal times.

What about times when the centre can't hold, when the extremists take back control and set about making their country great again?

At such moments, the best guide to the future is the past. Political chaos might be scary but it isn't all that chaotic. In fact, as risk analyst Sam Wilkin reveals in History Repeating, it has hidden rules.

Beneath the noise and confusion of history, from Lenin and Khomeini to Trump and Brexit, there are patterns. The same drama plays out again and again, with minor variations. It isn't the story you think you know. It contains surprises and profound mysteries. But once you have seen the inner logic of the past century's political disasters, you might just be ready to face the interesting times to come.

Publication date: 15/03/2018

£10.99

ISBN: 9781782834106

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B074V6SL8G

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Current Affairs, History & Classics, Politics & Economics

Reviews for History Repeating

'Packed with hilarious accounts of seminal historical events, some redoubtable women and men, and solid insight into political instability.'

 Business Standard

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For Wealth Secrets of the One Percent:
'Eye-opening and sure to make libertarian heads explode.

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 Kirkus Review

'Pay attention, for this could be your chance to follow in the immaculate Italian leather shod footsteps of the world's one per cent.'

 Daily Telegraph

Sam Wilkin

Sam Wilkin

Sam Wilkin is a senior advisor to Oxford Analytica, a geopolitical analysis firm that counts more than 25 world governments among its clients. He is also a senior advisor to Oxford Economics, one of the world's foremost global forecasting consultancies. His previous book is Wealth Secrets of the One Percent.