French terror attack should be a wakeup call for a divided Europe arguing about fish

BY Jack Dickens | tweet jackfdickens   /  17 October 2020

What is a “civilisation”? What is it that binds people and countries together and makes them flourish? And what is it that makes them wither and die?

These questions are not new – they have been explored by historians across cultures and continents for generations, from the great fourteenth-century Arab scholar Ibn Khaldun to the vast tomes of Edward Gibbon on the decline and fall of the Roman Empire centuries later.


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