Synopses & Reviews
Carroll Quigley was a legendary teacher at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. His course on the history of civilization was extraordinary in its scope and in its impact on his 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 defines a civilization as "a producing society with an instrument of expansion." A civilization's decline is not inevitable but occurs when its instrument of expansion is transformed into an institutionthat is, when social arrangements that meet real social needs are transformed into social institutions serving their own purposes regardless of real social needs.
Table of Contents
Diagrams, Tables, and Maps 11
Foreword, by Harry J. Hogan 13
Preface to the First Edition 23 1 Scientific Method and the Social Sciences 31
2. Man and Culture 49
3. Groups, Societies, and Civilizations 67
4. Historical Analysis 85
5. Historical Change in Civilizations 127
6. The Matrix of Early Civilizations 167
7. Mesopotamian Civilization 209
8. Canaanite and Minoan Civilizations 239
9. Classical Civilization 269
10.Western Civilization 333 Conclusion 415
Selective Bibliography, by William Marina 423