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civicx through reubilding hte outer world of technology and institutions.
+Alexis de Tocqueville
civic generations are aggressive institiution-founders when young, but stolid institituo-defenders when old.
'tis but the morning of the world for us,' princeton student hugh henry brackenridge
with nine million members born abroad, the Lost is (in absolute numbers) america's largest immigrant generation. an unmatched proportion came trom eastern and soutehrn europe, many of them jewish. of all americans today over age 85, one in six is naturalized citizen (one in three in new and new engalnd)--a far higher share than of any other living gneration.
from the 1930s forard, the gis have been the onoly gernaiton to support the winning candidate in evey election. in all three close....
see excell sheet of the generational cycle in america --immigrant percentage--

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I read it 15 years ago and think back to these theoretical classifications all the time. Such a thought provoking book gives the reader a discriminating sense of place in time.

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I read this book in the early '90s and it pretty much changed the way I looked at U.S. history and society. I even built a website using their ideas. Even though I am totally unwilling to say whether I believe the logic that Strauss and Howe put forth in the book, I will say that their ideas have permanently altered my perception of how history happens. It isn't just me either. When I first read the book the only generational idea I had been exposed to was the baby boomer buzz but, since then, many of the authors ideas and much of their nomenclature has crept into the popular vernacular. Over time I have come to believe that the power of this idea (Strauss and Howe's Generational theory) lies in its ability to place the seemingly inexplicable and unpredictable events in U.S. history into some sort of regular order. Whether this apparent logical order is a direct result of the generational dynamics they describe, some other social phenomena or nothing at all, it barely matters. It all seems to so logical. World War II? Of course, what else could have happened? One thing to keep in mind is that the generational characteristics that are assigned to the various generation types needn't apply to yourself or other individuals. You don't want to take it personal. Everyone in the generation doesn't have to demonstrate all, or any, of the characteristics. The cohort is what matters. It is what you do as a group that makes you part of a generation instead of a bunch of random individuals. Strauss and Howe wrote a later book called "The Fourth Turning" that applies generational theory to our present situation in time. In that book they "updated" some of the terminology and pushed the theory out there a little more. There is a website of the same name that is filled with some real converts to the generational model if you want to pursue these ideas further. 

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