The evolution of civilizations: an introduction to historical analysis

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Liberty Press, 1979 - History - 442 pages
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Carroll Quigley was a legendary teacher at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. His course on the history of civilization was extraordinary in its scope and in its impact on his students. Like the course, The Evolution of Civilizationsis a comprehensive and perceptive look at the factors behind the rise and fall of civilizations. Quigley defines a civilization as "a producing society with an instrument of expansion." A civilization's decline is not inevitable but occurs when its instrumentof expansion is transformed into an institution--that is, when social arrangements that meet real social needs are transformed into social institutions serving their own purposes regardless of real social needs.

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User Review  - Sam Motes - Goodreads

Views societal changes based on the human potentialities of Military, political, economic, social, religious, and intellectual perspectives. Man has an innate drive to achieve his potentialities that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ryan - Goodreads

Superb. More than just a historian, Quigley is an integrator--he combines observation, methodology, and pragmatism in looking at the evolution of society. I haven't read much history, but this book ... Read full review

Contents

Diagrams Tables and Maps
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Preface to the First Edition
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Scientific Method and the Social Sciences
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