A Study of History, Vol. 1: Abridgement of Volumes I-VI

A Study of History, Vol. 1: Abridgement of Volumes I-VI by Arnold J. Toynbee 0195050800 9780195050806
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Arnold Toynbees A Study of History has been acknowledged as one of the greatest achievements of modern scholarship. A ten-volume analysis of the rise and fall of human civilizations, it is a work of breath-taking breadth and vision. D.C. Somervells abridgement, in two volumes, of thismagnificent enterprise, preserves the method, atmosphere, texture, and, in many instances, the very words of the original. Originally published in 1947 and 1957, these two volumes are themselves a great historical achievement. Volume 1, which abridges the first six volumes of Toynbees study, includes the Introduction, The Geneses of Civilizations, and The Disintegrations of Civilizations. Volume 2, an abridgement of Volumes VII-X, includes sections on Universal States, Universal churches, Heroic Ages, ContactsBetween Civilizations in Space, Contacts Between Civilizations in Time, Law and Freedom in History, The Prospects of the Western Civilization, and the Conclusion. Of Somervells 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 writers outlook and purpose.

Author: Arnold J. Toynbee

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 640

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 1987-12-10


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