The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis

The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis


By (author) Carroll Quigley, Foreword by Harry J. Hogan

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  • Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 444 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 28mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1979
  • Publication City/Country: Indianapolis, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0913966576
  • ISBN 13: 9780913966570
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, tables, maps, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 139,638

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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 Civilizations" is 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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