Comparative Civilizations Review

Articles from No. 66, Spring

A Brief History of International Money Supply Systems in Major Civilizations with a Focus on Links to Major Economic Depressions
My hypothesis is: A civilization is formed with a pairing of language and money under a political system. For example, the contemporary Japanese civilization is being formed with the Japanese language and Japanese yen under Japanese government.In a previous...
A New Orleans Connection: The Feibleman-Toynbee Interface
IntroductionThis essay shows how facets of James K. Feibleman's (1904-1987) reciprocal relationship with Arnold J. Toynbee (1889-1975) may have influenced each thinker in their overlapping fields, respectively of philosophy and history. Toynbee remains...
Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel
John Rogerson, Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel. London: Thames and Hudson, 1999.The Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings, written by John Rogerson, professor of biblical studies emeritus...
Civilizations of Ancient Iraq
Benjamin R. Foster and Karen Polinger Foster. Civilizations of Ancient Iraq. Princeton University Press, 2009.It is a pleasure to review Civilizations of Ancient Iraq by Benjamin and Karen Foster. Ben Foster was my Akkadian professor when I attended...
Dravidian Language and Culture
Sjoberg, Andrée, Dravidian Language and Culture: Dravidian University, Kuppam 2009When we discuss contemporary Dravidian peoples we are generally referring to over 200 million people, from diverse groups across the India sub-continent area, who speak...
Editor's Note
During this Presidential cycle in the United States, a number of prominent politicians have consistently injected religion into politics. Michelle Bachmann may have been the first to do so, but she has been followed by Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Newt...
Fire and Force: Civilization as Noosphere in the Works of Teilhard De Chardin
Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.-Pierre Teilhard de ChardinThe French Jesuit,...
Geo-Civilization
Abstract"Geo-civilization" is a new concept proposed by the author. It means a macro-geo-continuum in which two or more civilizations share a common geographical locus and similar religions and cultural values. In contrast, civilization in the traditional...
Israel: Past & Present
D. Bahat, Israel: Past & Present. Rome: Vision, 1998.Israel: Past & Present is a little book that introduces readers to several historical sites and the major time periods in the land of Israel. The book provides a helpful map behind the front...
Jordan: Past & Present
E. Borgia, Jordan: Past & Present. Trans. A. Potter. Rome: Vision, 2001.Jordan: Past & Present is a book similar to Israel: Past & Present, providing engaging encyclopedic type entries, photographs and maps of several notable ancient sites...
Local Civilization and Political Decency: Equilibrium and the Position of the Sultanate in Java
Good men will not consent to govern for cash or honors. They do not want to be called mercenary for exacting a cash payment for the work of government, or thieves for making money on the side; and they will not work for honors, for they are not ambitious....
Lost Civilisations of the Stone Age
Richard Rudgley, Lost Civilisations of the Stone Age. Arrow Books Ltd, 1999.Having just finished reading this book, I found in the morning newspaper an article about an amazing find in the Ethiopian desert - several hippo bones with indications that...
The 1961 Conference of the ISCSC: Notes and Summaries
Introductory observation: It was at this 1961 conference in Salzburg, Austria, that Arnold Toynbee, Pitirim Sorokin, Othmar Anderle and others founded the ISCSC. Sorokin became its first president. After a couple of meetings, the Society experienced...
Ungendering Civilization
Pyburn, K. Anne, editor. Ungendering Civilization. New York: Routledge, 2004.This book is a collection of essays which, as the author states, began as a seminar at Indiana University. It addresses the issue of cultural evolutionism in archaeological...
What Is the Difference between Culture and Civilization? Two Hundred Fifty Years of Confusion
Abstract: The distinction between culture and civilization is not well embedded in the English language but has remained relatively meaningful in both other European and non-European languages. Edward B. Tylor designed an idea of civilization that covers...

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