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Title:Historia uudessa valossa
Authors:Arnold J. Toynbee (Author)
Other authors:D. C. Somervell (Editor), Kai Kaila (Translator)
Info:Porvoo : WSOY, 1950.
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A Study of History, Vol. 1: Abridgement of Volumes I-VI by Arnold J. Toynbee




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Recommended by John Muir along with Will Durant's The story of Philosophy.
  SFCC | Jun 4, 2013 |
This would be improved by maps and chronologies. Hard to encompass unless one share the author's comprehensive knowledge. In this volume he defines what he means by a civilization and its affiliates. Explains the basis for his choices of cultures to examine in depth.
  ritaer | Jun 23, 2012 |
A study of history had been on my reading list for a while, I initially thought I'd go for the entire series but ended up reading this abridgement instead. I'm glad I chose the abridgement because reading the original would have been an even bigger waste of time.

This book supposedly covers all civilizations, but this is really true only insofar as all of them are MENTIONED at some point. The great majority of material is taken from western history, particularly from the classic Athens-Rome-Europe axis, with Christendom as the example of a "universal religion". The existing literature on non-European history was of course much more limited when this work was written than it is today, and undoubtedly mr Toynbee was very well acquainted with all the material available to him, but why should you as a reader of history today be limited by what was there in the 1940s?

The second problem with this work is its philosophy. Toynbee searches for genesis, growth, breakdown and disintegration patterns in the "life-cycle" of civilizations. This looks extremely interesting when you browse the table of contents, but the actual work is quite disappointing. Basically a model which applies reasonably well to western European history (Athens-Rome-Europe, again) is forced on all other civilizations, and the results are not pretty. A couple of suitably interpreted cases from a couple of civilizations are enough to "prove" any given proposition. Possible objections are not discussed at all even though anyone with a good knowledge of world history will see that the argumentation is often ridiculously weak.

Finally, I should mention that I think volumes VII-X provide more interesting reading because they do not drag the dead weight of the Argument with them. But on the other hand these latter volumes are burdened by the author's religious convictions which make some texts resemble sermons more than historical writing.
  thcson | Apr 20, 2010 |
I can remember when Toynbee was spoken of with great respect in historical discussions,but that was probably 40 years ago.
  antiquary | Mar 16, 2010 |
Frontispiece: Doloris Sopitam recreant volnera viva animam - Anon.
  keylawk | Dec 27, 2006 |
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This Work is Volume 1 only (Volumes I-VI) of Somervell's abridgement of Toynbee's A Study of History. It should not be combined with either Volume 2 or Somervell's complete 2-volume abridgement, nor should it be combined with any other abridgement or any individual volumes of Toynbee's unabridged Work. Thank you.
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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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An abridgement of volumes seven through ten of Arnold Toynbee's "A Study of History," in which the author analyzes the rise and fall of human civilizations.

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