A Study of History: Illustrated by Arnold Toynbee

By Arnold Toynbee

This one-volume 576-page version of A examine OF background places the essence of the nice paintings into simply obtainable and most enticing shape. (The unique totals greater than 7,000 pages.) additionally, as Dr. Toynbee's foreword makes transparent, the recent publication is greater than an abridgment of the unique. He has largely redrafted, revised, and up to date his background, to have in mind new ancient occasions and discoveries and to incorporate his personal 'reconsiderations' of his ideas. the hot version can also be the 1st to be illustrated. There are greater than 500 old photographs, many reproduced in colour and all chosen through Dr. Toynbee with the help of Jane Caplan, his collaborator at the undertaking. pass over Caplan has written the wonderful captions for the photographs, that are heavily coordinated with the textual content. the following, in sum, is an excellent heritage and nice scholarly paintings, in splendidly readable shape.

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FitzGerald-Kenney was similarly worried that, if placed in residential care, her charge might ‘tell her tale and possibly do harm to girls’. Problem of the poor Sexual abuse of children in more privileged circumstances was rarely noted. It was widely assumed to be a problem of the very poor, living in overcrowded housing. An 18-year-old, convicted of incest in 1926, was addressed by the judge as a ‘victim of circumstance’, due to living in a two-room house with his parents and five siblings. The judge recommended the offender be sent to a Borstal, noting: I do not blame you so much as the society that permits such a state of things to exist as those under which you committed the offence.

New Silk Roads are being established across the spine of Asia, as countries bind together their commercial ties and strategic interests to confront a new dawn. As a historian, it is striking to see how powerful ideas about the past are in the rhetoric and co-operation between places such as Russia, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India and China, whose leaders talk approvingly about re-establishing connections and about a new centre of gravity in the world. The Silk Roads are rising again. Peter Frankopan is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Once, wrote the historian al-Mas’ūdī, the ancient Greeks and the Romans had allowed the sciences to flourish; then they adopted Christianity. When they did so, they ‘effaced the signs of [learning], eliminated its traces and destroyed its paths’. It is almost the precise opposite of the world as we see it today: the fundamentalists were not the Muslims, but the Christians; those whose minds were open, curious and generous were based in the East and certainly not in Europe. As one author put it, when it came to writing about non-Islamic lands, ‘we did not enter them [in our book] because we see no use whatsoever in describing them’.

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