Sunday, March 28, 1999

Study of History

PLAN OF THE BOOK
















IINTRODUCTION
IITHE GENESIS OF CIVILIZATIONS
IIITHE GROWTH OF CIVILIZATIONS
IVTHE BREAKDOWN OF CIVILIZATIONS
V THE DISINTEGRATION OF CIVILIZATIONS
VIUNIVERSAL STATES
VIIUNIVERSAL CHURCHES
VIIIHEROIC AGES
IXCONTACTS BETWEEN CIVILIZATIONS IN SPACE
XCONTACTS BETWEEN CIVILIZATIONS IN TIME
XILAW AND FREEDOM IN HISTORY
XIIPROSPECTS OF THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION
XIIITHE INSPIRATIONS OF HISTORIANS
XIVRECONSIDERATIONS







I INTRODUCTION


I. THE UNIT OF HISTORICAL STUDY

II. THE COMPARATIVE STUDY OF CIVILIZATIONS

III. THE COMPARABILITY OF CIVILIZATIONS

(1) Civilizations and Primitive Societies
(2) The Misconception of 'The Unity of Civilization'
(3) The Case for the Comparability of Civilizations
(4) History, Science and Fiction




II THE GENESIS OF CIVILIZATIONS


IV. THE PROBLEM AND HOW NOT TO SOLVE IT

(1) The Problem Stated
(2) Race
(3) Environment

V. CHALLENGE AND RESPONSE

(1) The Mythological Clue
(2) The Myth Applied To The Problem


VI. THE VIRTUES OF ADVERSITY

VII. THE CHALLENGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

(1) The Stimulus of Hard Countries
(2) The Stimulus of New Ground
(3) The Stimulus of Blows
(4) The Stimulus of Pressures
(5) The Stimulus of Penalizations

VIII. THE GOLDEN MEAN

(1) Enough and Too Much
(2) Comparisons in Three Terms
(3) Two Abortive Civilizations
(4) The Impact of Islam on the Christendoms





III THE GROWTH OF CIVILIZATIONS


IX. THE ARRESTED CIVILIZATIONS

(1) Polynesians, Eskimos and Nomads
(2) The ‛Osmanlis
(3) The Spartans
(4) General Characteristics
Note: The Sea and Steppe as language conductors

X. THE NATURE OF THE GROWTH

(1) Two False Trails
(2) Progress towards Self-determination

XI. AN ANALYSIS OF GROWTH

(a) The Relation between Growing Civilizations and Individuals

(b) The Interaction between Individuals in Growing Societies

The Movement of Withdrawal-and-Return

Muhammad

Ibn Khaldūn

Confucius

Penalized Minorities

England in the Third Chapter of the Growth of the Western Society

What is to be Russia's Role in our Western History?

The Working of Withdrawal-and-Return in the Histories of Civilizations


XI. DIFFERENTIATION THROUGH GROWTH

C Annex II: The Political Career of Muhammad




IV. THE BREAKDOWN OF CIVILIZATIONS


XIII. THE NATURE OF THE PROBLEM

XIV. DETERMINISTIC SOLUTIONS

II. LOSS OF COMMAND OVER THE ENVIRONMENT

(a) The Physical Environment
(b) The Human Environment
(3) A Negative Verdict

XVI. FAILURE OF SELF-DETERMINATION

(a) The Mechanicalness of Mimesis
(2) New Wine in Old Bottles
10. The Impact of the Solonian Economic Revolution upon the International Politics of the Hellenic World
(3) The Nemesis of Creativity: Idolization of an Ephemeral Institution
(4) The Nemesis of Creativity: Idolization of an Ephemeral Technique
(5) The Suicidalness of Militarism
(6) The Intoxication of Victory




V THE DISINTEGRATION OF CIVILIZATIONS


XVII. THE NATURE OF THE DISINTEGRATION OF CIVILIZATIONS
(1) A General Survey
(2) The Movement of Schism-and-Palingenesia

XVIII. SCHISM IN THE BODY SOCIAL

(1) Dominant Minorities
(2) Internal Proletariats
(3) The Internal Proletariat of the Western World
(4) External Proletariats
(5) The External Proletariat of the Western World
(6) Alien and Indigenous Inspirations

XIX. SCHISM IN THE SOUL

(1) Alternative Ways of Behavior, Feeling and Life
(2) 'Abandon' and Self-Control
(3) Truancy and Martyrdom
(4) The Sense of Drift and the Sense of Sin
(5) The Sense of Promiscuity
a. Vulgarity and Barbarism in Manners
b. Vulgarity and Barbarism in Art
c. Lingue Franche
d. Syncretism in Religion

C (i) (c) 2 Annex II: Marxism, Socialism, and Christianity


e. Cuius Regio euis Religio?

(6) The Sense of Unity
(7) Archaism
(8) Futurism
(9) The Self-transcendence of Futurism
(10) Detachment And Transfiguration
(11) Palingenesia

XX. THE RELATIONS BETWEEN DISINTEGRATING SOCIETIES AND INDIVIDUALS

(1) The Creative Genius as a Savior
(2) The Savior with the Sword
(3) The Savior with the Time Machine
(4) The Philosopher masked by a King
(5) The God incarnate in a Man

XXI. THE RHYTHM OF DISINTEGRATION

XXII. STANDARDIZATION THROUGH DISINTEGRATION




VI UNIVERSAL STATES


XXIII. ENDS OR MEANS?

XXIV. THE MIRAGE OF IMMORTALITY

XXV. SIC VOS NON VOBIS

(1) The Conductivity of Universal States
(2) The Psychology of Peace
(3) The Serviceability of Imperial Institutions
Communication
Garrisons and Colonies
Provinces
Capital Cities
Official Languages and Scripts
Law
Calendars; Weights and Measures; Money
Standing Armies
Civil Services
Citizenships




VII UNIVERSAL CHURCHES


XXVI. ALTERNATIVE CONCEPTIONS OF THE RELATIONS OF
UNIVERSAL CHURCHES TO CIVILIZATIONS

(1) Churches as Cancers
(2) Churches as Chrysalises
(3) Churches as a Higher Species of Society

(a) A New Classification
(b) The Significance of the Churches Past
(c) The Conflict Between Heart and Head
(d) The Promise of the Churches Future
5. The Promise of Exorcizing the Perilousness of Mimesis


XXVII. THE ROLE OF CIVILIZATIONS IN THE LIVES OF CHURCHES

(1) Civilizations as Overtures
(2) Civilizations as Regressions

XXVIII. THE CHALLENGE OF MILITANCY ON EARTH




VIII HEROIC AGES

XXIX. THE COARSE OF THE TRAGEDY

A. THE GENESIS OF A LIMES

(1) A Social Barrage
(2) The Accumulation of Pressure
(3) The Cataclysm and its Consequences
(4) Fancy and Fact
Note: 'The Monstrous Regiment of Women'





IX CONTACTS BETWEEN CIVILIZATIONS IN SPACE

XXX. AN EXPANSION OF THE FIELD OF STUDY

XXXI. A SURVEY OF ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN CONTEMPORARY CIVILIZATIONS

(1) Plan of Operations
(2) Operations According to Plan

(a) Encounters with the Modern Western Civilization
(i) The Modern West and Russia
(ii) The Modern West and the Main Body of Orthodox Christendom
(iii) The Modern West and the Hindu World
(iv) The Modern West and the Islamic World
(v) The Modern West and the Jews
(vi) The Modern West and Far Eastern and Indigenous American Civilizations
(vii) Characteristics of the Encounters between the Modern West and its Contemporaries

(b) Encounters with medieval Western Christendom

(i) The Flow and Ebb of the Crusades
(ii) The Medieval West and the Syriac World
(iii) The medieval West and Greek Orthodox Christendom

(c) Encounters between Civilizations of the First Two Generations

(i) Encounters with the Post-Alexandrine Hellenic Civilization
(ii) Encounters with the Pre-Alexandrine Hellenic Civilization
(iii) Tares and Wheat

XXXII. THE DRAMA OF ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN CONTEMPORARIES

(1) Concatenations of Encounters
(2) Diversities of Response

XXXIII. THE CONSEQUENCES OF ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN CONTEMPORARIES

(1) Aftermaths of Unsuccessful Assaults
(2) Aftermaths of Successful Assaults

(a) Effects on the Body Social
(b) Responses of the Soul

(i) Dehumanization
(ii) Zealotism and Herodianism
(iii) Evangelism
Note ‘Asia’ and ‘Europe’: Facts and Fantasies




X CONTACTS BETWEEN CIVILIZATIONS IN TIME

XXXIV. A SURVEY OF RENAISSANCES

(1) Introduction ‘The Renaissance’
(2) Renaissances of Political Ideas and Institutions
(3) Renaissances of Systems of Law
(4) Renaissances of Philosophies
(5) Renaissances of Languages and Literatures
(6) Renaissances of Visual Arts
(7) Renaissances of Religious Ideals and Institutions

E. THE CONSEQUENCES OF NECROMANCY

IV. THE STERILITY OF THE BLACK ART





XI LAW AND FREEDOM IN HISTORY

A. THE PROBLEM

(II) DEFINITIONS OF TERMS

(III) THE ANTINOMIANIAM OF LATE MODERN WESTERN HISTORIANS
(a) THE REPUDIATION OF THE BELEIF IN A 'LAW OF GOD' BY LATE MODERN WESTERN MINDS

B. THE AMENABILITY OF HUMAN AFFAIRS TO ‘LAWS OF NATURE’

(1) A Survey of the Evidence

(a) The Private Affairs of Individuals
(b) The Industrial Affairs of Modern Western Societies
1. Struggles for Existence between Parochial States
The War-and-Peace Cycle in Modern and post-Modern Western History
(d) The Disintegrations of Civilizations
(e) The Growth of Civilizations
(f) ‘There is no armour against Fate’

(2) Possible Explanations of the Currency of ‘Laws of Nature’ in History
(3) Are Laws of Nature current in History inexorable or controllable?

XXXVII. THE RECALCITRANCE OF HUMAN NATURE TO LAWS OF NATURE

XXXIII. THE LAW OF GOD





XII THE PROSPECTS OF THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION

XXXIX. THE NEED FOR THIS INQUIRY

XL. THE INCONCLUSIVENESS OF A Priori ANSWERS

XLI. THE TESTIMONIES OF THE HISTORIES OF THE CIVILIZATIONS

(1) Western Experiences with Non-Western Precedents
(2) Unprecedented Western Experiences

TECHNOLOGY, WAR AND GOVERNMENT

(1) Prospects of a Third World War
(2) Towards a Future World Order

XLIII. TECHNOLOGY, CLASS CONFLICT AND EMPLOYMENT

(1) The Nature of the Problem
(2) Mechanization and Private Enterprise
(3) Alternative Approaches and Social Harmony
(4) Possible Costs of Social Justice
(5) Living happy ever after?





XIII. THE INSPIRATIONS OF HISTORIANS

A. THE HISTORIAN'S ANGLE OF VISION

B. THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF THE FACTS OF HISTORY

C. THE IMPULSE TO INVESTIGATE THE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE FACTS OF HISTORY

I. CRITICAL REACTIONS

II. CREATIVE RESPONSES
(a) MINUSCULA
(b) PAULLO MAIORA
1. Inspirations from Social Milieux
Clarendon, Procopius, Josephus, Thucydides, Rhodes
Polybius
Josephus and Ibn al-Tiqtaqā
‛Alā-ad-Dīn Juwaynī and Rashīd-ad-Dīn Hamadānī
Herodotus
Turgot
Ibn Khaldūn
Saint Augustine
A Twentieth-century Western Student of History





XIII CONCLUSION

XLIV. HOW THIS BOOK CAME TO BE WRITTEN





XIV RECONSIDERATIONS

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