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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Having read, "Tragedy and Hope," by the same author I had high expectations and indeed they were met. Anyone with a passing interest in wanting a new perspective regarding the world in which we live ... Read full review

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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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