The Evolution of Civilizations

The Evolution of Civilizations : An Introduction to Historical Analysis

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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 instrument of 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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  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 657.71g
  • Liberty Fund Inc
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • illustrations, tables, maps, bibliography, index
  • 0913966576
  • 9780913966570
  • 173,879

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