Human cycles: history as science

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Human cycles: History as science : Nature News & Comment.

In the current issue of the weekly science journal Nature, freelance science journalist Laura Spinney writes about cliodynamics, the application of scientific modeling to history.

Peter Turchin at the University of Connecticut, who developed the method, suggests that we should anticipate severe political upheaval around the year 2020, similar to the political instability of the post-Civil War period, the Roaring Twenties and the flower power era.

We may live to see even more interesting times! (Wait a minute—isn’t that a curse?)

By S.J. Driscoll