if i may overgeneralize . . .
the Jacobean period in England
was creepily like the USA
at the end of the 20th century
in some ways: a time of expansion, prosperity, and power (the Elizabethan
thing in their case) was coagulating
. popular entertainment
became preoccupied with violence and crime (Revenge Tragedy
), in ever-increasing doses. as decadence deepened, popular religious agitators inveighed
against it, and some people started listening. Oliver Cromwell
and the Roundheads
loomed on the horizon.
fortunately, history doesn't often repeat itself verbatim