A Study of History: Abridgement of Vols I-VI ISBN: 9780195050806


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A used book that has been read but is still in great condition. Arnold Toynbee’s 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. Somervell’s abridgement in two volumes of this magnificent 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 Toynbee’s 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 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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Arnold J. Toynbee D. C. Somervell


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