A Study of History: Study of History

A Study of History: Study of History

By (author) Arnold Joseph Toynbee , Revised by D. C. Somervell

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Acknowledged as one of the greatest achievements of modern scholarship, Arnold Toynbee's A Study of History is a ten-volume analysis of the rise and fall of human civilizations. Contained in two volumes, D.C. Somervell's abridgement of this magnificent enterprise preserves the method, atmosphere, texture, and, in many instances, the very words of the original. First published in 1947 and 1957, these two volumes are themselves a great historical achievement. Volume 2, which abridges Volumes VII-X of Toynbee's study, includes sections on Universal States, Universal Churches, Heroic Ages, Contacts Between Civilizations in Space, Contacts Between Civilizations in Time, Law and Freedom in HIstory, The Prospects of the Western Civilization, and the Conclusion. Of Somervell's work, Toynbee wrote, "The reader now has at his command a uniform abridgement of the whole book, made by a clear mind that has not only mastered the contents but has entered into the writer's outlook and purpose.

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • 24 Mar 1988
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195050819
  • 9780195050813
  • 99,841

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The late Arnold Toynbee was Director of Studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Research Professor of International History at the University of London, and author of numerous other books.

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'McNeill's book will be read, and enjoyed, for its own sake. I hope it will revive interest in Toynbee.' The Advertiser, Australia

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Contained in two volumes, D.C. Somervell's abridgement of Arnold Toynbee's 'A Study of History' preserves the method, atmosphere, texture, and, in many instances, the very words of the original. This volume includes sections on Universal States, Universal Churches, Heroic Ages, Contacts Between Civilizations in Space, Contacts Between Civilizations in Time, Law and Freedom in History, the Prospects of the Western Civilization, and the Conclusion.

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