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A study of history. Abridgement of volumes I-VI,

Author: Arnold Toynbee; D C Somervell; Royal Institute of International Affairs.
Publisher: New York, Oxford University Press, 1947.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : [1st American ed.]View all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold Toynbee; D C Somervell; Royal Institute of International Affairs.
OCLC Number: 1151071
Notes: "Issued under the auspices of the Royal Institute of International Affairs."
Includes index.
Description: xiii, 617 p. tables (1 folded)
Contents: I. Introduction. The unit of historical study ; The comparative study of civilizations ; The comparability of societies. --
II. The geneses of civilizations. The problem and how not to solve it ; Challenge and response ; The virtues of adversity ; The challenge of the environment ; The golden mean. --
III. The growth of civilizations. The arrested civilizations ; The nature of the growths of civilizations ; An analysis of growth ; Differentiation through growth. --
IV. The breakdowns of civilizations. The nature of the problem ; Deterministic solutions ; Loss of command over the environment ; Failure of self-determination. --
V. The disintegration of civilizations. The nature of disintegration ; Schism in the body social ; Schism in the soul ; The relation between disintegrating societies and individuals ; The rhythm of disintegration ; Standardization through disintegration. --
Editor's note and Tables I-V. --
Argument.
Responsibility: by D.C. Somervell.

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