Annual Discussion Group Conference: Is history repeating itself? Continuity and change since 1600
The idea that history is built up of continuously repeating patterns is an old cliché still prominent in popular culture, but how valid is it in the field of historical research? Conflicts of different types, whether military or ideological, certainly seem to persist, yet since the beginnings of the early modern period the world has experienced drastic change - colonisation, industrialisation, and globalisation. Such transitions have shaped the world culturally, economically and socially, though some broad structures - for instance, Great Britain - have held their form in some sense. Considering the upheavals of the modern period, can we still claim that history repeats itself? Is this idea of any use to historians?
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