Financial markets are breaking new records, but the past two decades have also seen unprecedented conflict and a new age of chaos

Looking back on the first two decades of the 21st century, future historians will no doubt draw strong parallels with the stormy beginnings of the previous century. Similarly to the roaring 1920s, global financial markets had a turbulent time but have also hit new highs.

Yet, in the absence of murdered archdukes and shifting alliances, it was the burning ruin of the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001 that heralded a new age of chaos in the wake of the post-Cold War “era of good feeling”. Exit Soviet Russia, enter global terror.

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