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Professor Arnold Toynbee: Historian (02:03)

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The 10-volume set "A Study of History" is Toynbee's life's work. Arnold Toynbee's roots are in London although he harbors fond feelings for Yorkshire.

Professor Arnold Toynbee's Passion for History (03:46)

"A Study of History" takes 27 years to complete. Toynbee's mother was an influence on his desire to study history.

Toynbee's Early Works (02:17)

In 1903 Professor Arnold Toynbee creates a drawing book fashioned in the form of a Greek Historian. Toynbee discusses his trip to Greece.

War Changes Toynbee's Direction (03:11)

Sick with dysentery, Toynbee's hospital stay during the war changes his focus of history. Toynbee soon becomes a correspondent.

Importance of History (03:46)

Professor Arnold Toynbee does not believe a committee can write a book. He articulates his feeling that history is meaningless if not utilized for present-day insight. One can discover patterns in the past without making heavy-handed predictions about the future

Toynbee's Theory of History (01:59)

Professor Arnold Toynbee feels that working with individual nations in history is too singular. He studies civilizations, origins, and believes that the great religions of the world represent the ultimate structure of history.

Characterizing Civilizations (03:13)

Professor Arnold Toynbee believes that one must look at other nations to understand an individual civilization. He discuses why he believes civilizations decline.

Challenge of our Time (03:00)

Professor Arnold Toynbee believes we have the power to save ourselves. He discusses the affect of atomic weapons on the imagination. All individuals make history.

Religion in History (02:35)

Professor Arnold Toynbee believes that any challenge puts you face to face with religion. Religion is the mystery behind phenomena.

History Moves and Changes (02:41)

Professor Arnold Toynbee believes that his book will become outmoded, but that his notions are keys to opening up a vista of human affairs. He discusses other works and his faith in the future.

Credits:A Conversation with Arnold Toynbee—From NBC’s Wisdom Series (00:27)

Credits:A Conversation with Arnold Toynbee—From NBC’s Wisdom Series

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A Conversation with Arnold Toynbee—From NBC's Wisdom Series

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Professor Arnold Toynbee—eminent British historian and author of the ten-volume work A Study of History—talks with Harvard teaching fellow Christopher Wright in this NBC interview from 1955. Toynbee describes about how it took 27 years to complete his series and why he chose to study history on the level of civilizations rather than of single nations. Pointing out that his mother was also a historian, he discusses the path that led him to that field as well, then articulates his feeling that history is meaningless if not utilized for present-day insight; that one can discover patterns in the past without making heavy-handed predictions about the future; that there are about 20 large historical units, such as Western history, Greek history, Indian history, and others; and that the great religions of the world represent the ultimate structure of history. (29 minutes)

Length: 30 minutes

Item#: BVL43395

ISBN: 978-1-61733-980-6

Copyright date: ©1955

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