Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) take part in celebrations for Navy Day in Baltiysk, Kaliningrad region, Russia, July 26, 2015. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Ria Novosti/Reuters)
Some of the most important moments in history happen fast, like a flash of lighting. A tank crosses a border or a prince is assassinated and everyone knows the world has changed, even before the sound of thunder rolls over them.
Other epochal shifts are more subtle and incremental. In 18th Century England, very few people would have known what a Spinning Jenny was, and fewer still would recognize what the automation of …read more