A Study of History: Abridgement of |, Volumes 1-6 (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Dec 31, 1947 - History - 640 pages
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Arnold Toynbee's A Study of History has been acknowledged as one of the greatest achievements of modern scholarship. A ten-volume analysis of the rise and fall of human civilizations, it is a work of breath-taking breadth and vision. D.C. Somervell's abridgement, in two volumes, of this magnificent enterprise, preserves the method, atmosphere, texture, and, in many instances, the very words of the original. Originally published in 1947 and 1957, these two volumes are themselves a great historical achievement. Volume 1, which abridges the first six volumes of Toynbee's study, includes the Introduction, The Geneses of Civilizations, and The Disintegrations of Civilizations. Volume 2, an abridgement of Volumes VII-X, includes sections on Universal States, Universal churches, Heroic Ages, Contacts Between Civilizations in Space, Contacts Between Civilizations in Time, Law and Freedom in History, The Prospects of the Western Civilization, and the Conclusion. Of Somervell's work, Toynbee wrote, "The reader now has at his command a uniform abridgement of the whole book, made by a clear mind that has not only mastered the contents but has entered into the writer's outlook and purpose."
  

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Review: A Study of History, Abridgement of Vols 1-6

User Review  - Nils - Goodreads

Remarkably tedious, though the lineaments of its influence are obvious, particularly on the thinking of other "grand strategists" like Rostow, Kennedy and above all Huntington -- especially in the ... Read full review

Review: A Study of History, Abridgement of Vols 7-10

User Review  - René - Goodreads

A truly comprehensive and masterful review of history, although religion takes too much importance in Toynbee's perception of what history and men are. Read full review

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Contents

XCONTACTS BETWEEN CIVILIZATIONS IN TIME
XXXIV A SURVEY OF RENAISSANCES
XILAW AND FREEDOM IN HISTORY
XXXV THE PROBLEM
XXXVI THE AMENABILITY OF HUMAN AFFAIRS TO LAWS OF NATURE
XXXVII THE RECALCITRANCE OF HUMAN NATURE TO LAWS OF NATURE
XXXVIII THE LAW OF GOD
XIITHE PROSPECTS OF THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION

XXVI ALTERNATIVE CONCEPTIONS OF THE RELATION OF UNIVERSAL CHURCHES TO CIVILIZATIONS
XXVII THE ROLE OF CIVILIZATIONS IN THE LIVES OF CHURCHES
XXVIII THE CHALLENGE OF MILITANCY ON EARTH
VIIIHEROIC AGES
XXIX THE COURSE OF THE TRAGEDY
IXCONTACTS BETWEEN CIVILIZATIONS IN SPACE
XXX AN EXPANSION OF THE FIELD OF STUDY
XXXI A SURVEY OF ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN CONTEMPORARY CIVILIZATIONS
XXXII THE DRAMA OF ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN CONTEMPORARIES
XXXIII THE CONSEQUENCES OF ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN CONTEMPORARIES
XXXIX THE NEED FOR THIS INQUIRY
XL THE INCONCLUSIVENESS OF A PRIORI ANSWERS
XLI THE TESTIMONY OF THE HISTORIES OF THE CIVILIZATIONS
XLII TECHNOLOGY WAR AND GOVERNMENT
XLIII TECHNOLOGY CLASSCONFLICT AND EMPLOYMENT
XIIICONCLUSION
XLIV HOW THIS BOOK CAME TO BE WRITTEN
ARGUMENT
INDEX
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The late Arnold Toynbee was Director of Studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs and Research Professor of International History at the University of London and author of numerous other books, including Mankind and Mother Earth: A Narrative History of the World. The late D.C. Somervell was a teacher at Tonbridge School in England.

The late Arnold Toynbee was Director of Studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs and Research Professor of International History at the University of London and author of numerous other books, including Mankind and Mother Earth: A Narrative History of the World. The late D.C. Somervell was a teacher at Tonbridge School in England.

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