The Rise and Fall of Civilizations: Why Civilizations Rise and Fall and What Happens When They End

The Rise and Fall of Civilizations: Why Civilizations Rise and Fall and What Happens When They End


By (author) Nicholas Hagger

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  • Publisher: O Books
  • Format: Paperback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 229mm x 38mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 20 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New Alresford
  • ISBN 10: 1846940109
  • ISBN 13: 9781846940101
  • Sales rank: 1,123,717

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"The Rise and Fall of Civilizations" is a sequel to "The Light of Civilization", the most monumental study of the history of civilizations for several generations, where Nicholas Hagger describes religion as the basis for civilization rather than one element in its cultural expression. Saints, mystics, gurus, prophets, religious founders - it is these that drive history rather than kings and politicians. Here, he outlines the patterns of the civilizations themselves, providing a unique interpretation of the dynamics of their origin, rise and collapse, and how one civilization leads into the next. Essential reading for students of history, it will interest all seeking to understand historical patterns and where our civilization is headed today.

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Author information

Nicholas Hagger has lectured at the University of Baghdad in Iraq and the University of Libya, and been Professor of English at Tokyo University and Keio Universities in Japan. He has spent twenty-five years researching for this book. Amongst his other works are The Secret History of the West, The Light of Civilization and The Syndicate (all O Books).

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Praise for The Light of Civilization: An extraordinary book. David Gascoyne How much William James would have supported all those who value the quality and range of a truly comprehensive modern awareness as Nicholas Hagger does. Sir Laurens van der Post I'm sure you've seen a genuine historical pattern and law. Ted Hughes Brilliant! Nexus