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The Global Nostalgia Epidemic

Nostalgia has become a driving force behind nationalist movements the world over, and nowhere is this more true than in the case of Brexit. But as seven recent books show, the Brexiteers’ yearning for a return to their country’s supposedly glorious imperial past is not just fanciful, but also dangerous.

MADRID – Surveying today’s world, one might well conclude that it is increasingly trapped in the past.  Many people across Europe and North and South America believe that life was better 50 years ago. A majority of Russians still mourn the Soviet Union. And each year, hordes of Chinese descend upon Mao Zedong’s rural hometown, Shaoshan, to pay homage.