The idea of historical recurrence in Western thought : from antiquity to the Reformation
Even today it is commonly held that history repeats itself. The idea of historical recurrence has a long and intriguing history, and this thesis concerns the period of time in the western tradition when its expressions were most numerous and fervent. As we shall show, this idea is not to be confined to its cyclical variety, for it also entails such notions as re-enactment, retribution, renaissance and such like which belong under the wider umbrella of 'recurrence'. Moreover, it will be argued...[Show more]
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