Sorry if this is ill-defined.
I've heard that in the nineties, there was a pervasive idea in American society that were on the cusp of a liberal utopia, in which there would be no war between nations because they would all be tangled in a massive network of global trade and that technological development would make life better and better, without end. This was apparently exemplified by Francis Fukayama's book "The End of History and the Last Man."
- Have there been any studies done that quantize how many and how much people believed in "the end of history?" How much did it vary by demographic? Are there similar, contemporary studies we can compare the other studies to?
- How much did people believe in the end of history? If you can't give a data-based answer, I'm also interested in personal anecdotes.
- Even if very few people did believe in the end of history, how much did the media believe in an "end of history?" This again seems to be difficult to quantize and probably heavily variable. If you can give a personal anecdote for this one it'd suffice.