The Decline of the West

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BiblioBazaar, 2010 - 560 pages
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Since its first publication more than eighty years ago, "The Decline of the West" has ranked as one of the most widely read and talked about books of our time. A sweeping account of Western culture by a historian of legendary intellect, it is an astonishingly informed, forcefully eloquent, thrillingly controversial work that advances a world view based on the cyclical rise and fall of civilizations. This abridgment presents the most significant of Oswald Spengler's arguments, linked by illuminating explanatory passages. It makes available in one volume a masterpiece of grand-scale history and far-reaching prophesy that remains essential reading for anyone interested in the factors that determine the course of civilizations.

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I'm under the impression that this book was once held in quite high esteem, but today it's hard to find anything of value in it. The author thinks he can trace and predict the course of human history by studying the history of art. That's all you need to know. Read full review

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this was a best seller worldwide in the 1920s. it exemplifies how much the world has changed. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Oswald Spengler, one of the most controversial historians of this century, was born in Blankenburg, Germany in 1880 and died in Munich in 1936.
H. Stuart Hughes is Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of California at San Diego. He is the author of many books, including Oswald Spengler: A Critical Estimate, Consciousness and Society and, most recently, Sophisticated Rebels.

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