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Introduction 1. 'Immaterial pleasure houses' the initial aesthetic dilemma 2. 'A more dream-heavy hour': medievalist and progressive beginnings 3. 'Pedantry and hysteria' contemporary political problems 4. 'A certain discipline': radical conservative solutions 5. 'A particularly lively wheel' cyclic views emerge 6. 'Our own image': the example of Asian and non-Western cultures 7. In 'the grip of the ... vortex': the proof of Post-Impressionist art 8. The 'cycle dance' cyclic history arrives 9. 'The nightmare' and beyond: World War I and mature cyclic theories Conclusion.