Originally Posted by Jhangora
Interesting indeed. I will have to take a more in-depth look when I have time.
For now, I'll observe that it is actually pretty easy to impose any pattern on history that one thinks one sees. Sometimes, the results provide insight; sometimes not.
The real question seems to me to be this: is history truly cyclical, literally going nowhere, or is it linear (and a 'spiral' that moves forward even as it apparently circles back is linear), heading in a direction? Under the first option, "'static' and 'creative' periods" are an illusion.