The Evolution of Civilizations has ratings and 22 reviews. Carroll Quigley was a legendary teacher at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. The Evolution of Civilizations, Historical Analysis Preface to the First Edition his book is not a history. Rather it is an attempt to es- tablish. The Evolution of Civilizations – An Introduction to Historical Analysis (). by Carroll Identifier CarrollQuigley-TheEvolutionOfCivilizations-.
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The Evolution of Civilizations: His course on the history of civilization was extraordinary in its scope and in its impact on students. Like the course, The Evolution of Civilizations is a comprehensive and perceptive look at the factors behind the rise and fall of civilizations. Quigley examines the application of scie Carroll Quigley was a legendary teacher at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. Quigley examines the application of scientific method to the social sciences, then establishes his historical hypotheses.
He poses a division of culture into six levels from the abstract to the more concrete. He then tests those hypotheses by a detailed analysis of five major civilizations: Paperbackpages. Published August 1st by Liberty Fund Inc. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Evolution of Civilizationsplease sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Mar 11, Rob rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Mesopotamian, Canaanite, Minoan, Classical, and Western which is still in progress, currently in an Age of Crisis. Jul 18, Marks54 rated it really liked civilizqtions. The copy I own of this is a reprint, but I read most of the materials from earlier editions while I was taking a civiliaations with Quigley in – not his legendary could on Evolution of Civilizations but a related course on “Science, Christianity, and the Western Intellectual Tradition”.
This book, along with Quigley’s other work on the 20th century, was my first exposure to someone presenting a broad macroscopic and interpretive view of history.
The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis by Carroll Quigley
In this book, the focal point is civilizations – The copy I own of this is a reprint, but I read most of the materials from earlier editions while I was taking a class with Quigley in – not his legendary could on Evolution of Civilizations but a related course on “Science, Christianity, and the Western Intellectual Tradition”.
In this book, the focal point is civilizations – about a broad a unit as you can get. What is most memorable to me was the introduction of a framework for analyzing history.
Quigley’s focuses on six sometimes seven categories into which most of the dynamics of history can be fit and analyzed — military, political, economic, social, religious, and intellectual. Psychological was also included in some versions.
Showing the value of frameworks for structuring one’s thinking was a very powerful gift to give to young inquisitive undergraduates. Quigley sometimes foster believers or adherents – not what he would have wanted. I never felt that way. Some of his generalizations are questionable to me and I have spent a good part of my subsequent education figuring out what was reasonable and what was unreaasonable in what he taught us.
That is not a bad legacy to leave to students. However, Quigley also got picked up by some conservative advocacy groups, which I think hurt his reputation among mainstream historians. Jan 05, S rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is what I wrote to my former history professor: You know how if you drink too much coffee, and you read about world affairs, the tendency is to become overwhelmingly horrified at the complexity and indications of what you’re reading?
In the same vein, I wonder how Quigley didn’t suffer a stroke or a psychotic break. I’m more familiar with philosophy of history texts than actual works of history, but in my own untrained opinion, this work was incredibly This is what I wrote to my former history professor: I’m more familiar with philosophy of history texts than actual works of history, but in my own untrained opinion, this work was incredibly useful for me for three reasons: May 18, Jacob van Berkel rated it really liked it.
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Het boek bestaat grofweg uit twee delen: De theorie wordt op een briljante manier opgezet. Quigley heeft een achtergrond in de ‘exacte wetenschappen’ biochemie en legt in het begin van het boek uit waarom hij meent dat sociale off net zo behandeld kunnen worden als exacte wetenschappen: Quigley begint vervolgens bij de basis, namelijk met het uitleggen van quigleu wetenschappelijke methode, en bouwt vanaf deze grond een theorie op over de ontwikkeling van de geschiedenis die op het eerste gezicht best overtuigend lijkt.
Hij stelt het niet voor alsof deze ontwikkeling eenvoudige is – integendeel: Toch gaat het daar uiteindelijk mis. In de opzet al, natuurlijk.
Je kunt je eigen theorie over de ontwikkeling van de geschiedenis immers niet toetsen aan de hand van je eigen versie van de geschiedenis. Iedere vertelling van de geschiedenis is noodzakelijk selectief, en dus subjectief, en waarom zou je het dan op zo’n manier vertellen dat het je eigen theorie onderuithaalt?
Het gaat carrroll verder dan de slager die zijn eigen vlees keurt. Dit evoution af van de theorie vanwege dat, dat vanwege zus, zus vanwege zo, etc. Zelfs als je de problematische opzet kunt negeren, dan nog zou je moeten concluderen dat de theorie de feiten onvoldoende verklaart – en dus gewoon niet klopt. En toch is het theoretische deel het beste van het boek.
The Evolution of Civilizations
En ik geloof uiteindelijk ook ciilizations bruikbaar voor historische analyse, mits je het niet als volkomen beschouwt. Want het beschouwende deel is op sommige punten weliswaar erg interessant – en Quigley heeft een goed oog bepaalde zaken, ideologie bijvoorbeeld – maar uiteindelijk toch te gekleurd. Quigley voert het katholieke geloof bijvoorbeeld op de perfecte synthese van het wereldse en het spirituele, van lichaam en geest, empirisme en rationalisme, individu en samenleving, en meer dualiteiten.
Dit is zo belangrijk voor de westerse grondhouding dat het katholieke geloof eigenlijk de vaandeldrager en cafroll van de Westerse Cultuur is.
Dat Quigley carro,l van huis uit katholiek is, zegt hij er niet bij. Er is, met andere woorden, erg veel aan te merken op het boek – en dus niet alleen kleinigheden. Zo briljant is het op de punten waar het briljant is. Zo verhelderend waar het verheldert.
Dit wijt hij niet aan de pest volgens schattingen miljoen doden maar aan sociale en economische moeilijkheden die verklaard worden in zijn theorie.
May 14, Lasse Birk Olesen rated it it was amazing. The rise and fall of civilizations usually occurs in seven stages: Mixture Gestation Expansion Age of conflict Universal Empire Decay Invasion A requirement for expansion is the accumulation of capital by a group or organization that can invest in expansion, a feature which strictly egalitarian societies lack.
In fact, it can be any kind of organization, military, political, social, religious, and so forth. This leads to stagnation as also described by Mancur Olson and an increased potential for internal conflict between groups fighting for a larger share of a stagnant or decreasing pool of resources.
Thus the start of the Age of conflict. A Universal Empire often emerges from these conflicts, but without a new instrument of expansion the institutionalization keeps increasing leading to decay and eventual invasion by more dynamic and, often, younger neighboring civilizations.
The book applies these stages to analyze Mesopotamian, Caananite, Classical, and Western Civilization. For Western Civilization, three stages of expansion are identified: This period also introduced new weapons that could be obtained by the majority of society, which meant that dynastic states enforcing allegiance by might had to be replaced by nation states wielding allegiance by nationalistic feelings.
Sep 15, Daniel rated it really liked it. Upon researching the Cold War I came across a recommendation to study Quigley’s “Tragedy and Hope” as a means for understanding the mechanism that drove the Cold War. As I was researching that book before starting, it seemed that this book would make for a good introduction to Quigley’s method of historical analysis. Having just finished “The Evolution of Civilizations” it does feel like this to be the case.
He uses the core concept cigilizations how societies are formed on the wave of an “instrument of ex Upon researching the Cold War I came across a recommendation to study Quigley’s “Tragedy and Hope” as a means for understanding the mechanism that drove the Cold War.
He uses the core concept of how societies are formed on the wave of an “instrument of expansion”. From there, that instrument will create growth until it slows and eventually morphs into an instution. At that point the civilization begins to decay before it eventually falls to invasion. He describes this life cycle of a civilization, through seven stages, in depth and I think it is a useful model for examining ones over the course of history. It’s all expansion and contraction, mannnn.
At times I was loving his process, especially with specific example subjects cvilizations the sport of football and the military structure of a calvary. He quuigley these in the early chapters and I was hoping for similar imagery throughout. Unfortunately I found much of it to be broad-brushed encapsulations of epochs, fitting ancient civilizations to his model, and attaching them to relatively mundane inventions in this technological age as the plow and Jethro Tull’s the agriculturalist method of crop rotation.
While certainly vital concepts to understand human history, I prefer Jacob Bronowski’s imaginative and evocative depiction of innovation in the series “The Ascent of Man. I’m buying what he’s selling in terms of his method of historical analysis and am intrigued enough to want to go on to “Tragedy and Hope” – looking for more specific examples to better understand the 20th evolurion.
Oct 12, Tj Connor rated it it was amazing. This was an incredible book. I can’t wait to read Quigley’s other books. I would advise anyone to read any of his books. Quigley gives great information on how Civilizations form and how they fall.
He goes into how institutions are formed and why they cease to serve their original purpose. He explains historical analysis.
It isn’t just knowledge, but understanding what it means. Although, I would urge that if you are not good at analysis, you might want to get some extra understand about Quigley This was an incredible book.