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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Arnold Toynbee; D C Somervell; Royal Institute of International Affairs.
|Notes:||"Issued under the auspices of the Royal Institute of International Affairs."
|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. --
|Responsibility:||by D.C. Somervell.|