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The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy Summary
Strauss and Howe

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The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy Summary

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The Fourth Turning is a book that initially appears to concern history and prophecy. The book gives a history of various social movements and uses the structure of these movements to make predictions about the social upheavals of the next three decades. However, it is also a work of sociology and philosophy. The authors believe that human history is divided into cycles or 'saeculum' and they attempt to show that intellectuals in fields as wide-ranging as history, literature, economics and biology have discovered these cyclical patterns. The 'saeculum' vary in length depending on culture, but in the Anglo-American World appear to occur every eighty to one-hundred years. The saeculum are divided into four cycles (division into four cycles is characteristic of most historical divisions of time). Each age is called a 'turning.' The first turning is a 'high,' a period of cultural unity and achievement, the...

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