The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Evolution of Civilizations A comprehensive and perceptive look at the factors behind the rise and fall of civilizations.
- Published: 01 August 1979
- Format: Paperback 444 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780913966570 ISBN 10: 0913966576
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"The Evolution of Civilizations" is a comprehensive and perceptive look at the factors behind the rise and fall of civilisations. Quigley defines a civilisation as "a producing society with an instrument of expansion". A civilisation's decline is not inevitable but occurs when its instrument of expansion is transformed into an institution -- that is, when social arrangements that meet real social needs are transformed into social institutions serving their own purposes regardless of real social needs.