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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780913966570
ISBN-10: 0913966576
Format: Paperback
(155mm x 230mm x 28mm)
Pages: 444
Imprint: Liberty Fund Inc
Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1979
Country of Publication: United States

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Hardback, January 1979