Recently I went to the National Army Museum in Chelsea and as I was walking around I realised that there is a distinct pattern (or a trend?) that states and international actors constantly evolve; city states turn into larger entitities, then mature and then fall. We can probably go as far back as to ancient Mesopotamia to the present day to witness this. I just wondered, then, whether we are condemned to repeat previous events? My problem with this idea, is that it is too easy to interpret history to fit our own 'world view'.