Arnold Joseph Toynbee


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Arnold Joseph Toynbee CH (14 April 1889 – 22 October 1975) was a British historian whose twelve-volume analysis of the rise and fall of civilizations, A Study of History, 1934–1961, was a synthesis of world history, a metahistory based on universal rhythms of rise, flowering and decline, which examined history from a global perspective. A religious outlook permeates the Study and made it ... more »

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  • ''History not used is nothing, for all intellectual life is action, like practical life, and if you don't use the stuff—well, it might as well be dead.''
    A.J. (Arnold Joseph) Toynbee (1889-1975), British historian. Television broadcast, April 17, 1955, NBC-TV.
  • ''America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.''
    A.J. (Arnold Joseph) Toynbee (1889-1975), British historian. News summaries (July 14, 1954).
  • ''Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.''
    A.J. (Arnold Joseph) Toynbee (1889-1975), British historian. The Reader's Digest (Oct. 1958).
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