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A Study of History. Volumes IV, V and VI
A Study of History. Volumes IV, V and VI
By Arnold J. Toynbee
Oxford University Press, 1939, pp

Contemporary historians are wont to remark that the accumulated mass of historical information -- in museums, archives, libraries and elsewhere -- has now become so stupendous that the task of synthesizing it is beyond the powers of a single intellect. As if to disprove this belief, Professor Toynbee embarked some years ago upon a gigantic work of interpreting some of the more significant trends and movements in world history. Three volumes were published several years ago; others are to follow. The present ones are devoted to "the disintegrations of civilizations."