The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy - Chapter 8, The Third Turning: Culture Wars (1984-2005?) Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 8, The Third Turning: Culture Wars (1984-2005?) Summary and Analysis

In 1984, the values revolution of the 60s and 70s had won. The search for inner meaning was part of American life. But social structures of unity had collapsed and division began to form as a result. A culture war emerged, which debated the meaning of 'The American Way of Life.' Americans become cynical about their institutions. They are shocked by social decay. External threats weaken (like the Soviet Union) and internal threats increase. Boomers realize that they have indulged themselves and seek to protect their children.

The third turnings in Anglo-American history are as following: Retreat from France (1435-1459), Intolerance and Martyrdom (1542-1569), Reaction and Restoration (1649-1675), French and Indian Wars (1746-1773), Mexican War and Sectionalism (1844-1860), World War I and Prohibition (1908-1929), and the Culture Wars (1984-...

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