8. Units of Civilization

1. THE ELEMENTS OF A CULTURE

WESTERN MEN rather precipitately speak of the world in which they engage in interlocked economic and political activities as though it were a full-fledged civilization. They suppose that there could be civilizations which held themselves over against one another, and which might even struggle with one another for survival. One hears of a contemporary Middle East, an Arabic, and an Oriental civilization, of a Babylonian, Greek, Roman, and Christian one. And there are those who speak not only of a Greek but of a Hellenistic civilization, of an early and late Roman, of a medieval and a reformational Christian civilization, and so on. Toynbee goes even further. Piecing together odd bits of historic lore, he makes "civilizations" which no one before or since has taken to be unified or civilized.

The term "civilization" has no well-established mean-

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  • Acknowledgment 7
  • Preface 9
  • Contents 13
  • Errata 14
  • Introduction 17
  • 1. Society and Its Classes 30
  • 2- Man's Native Rights 46
  • 3- The Alienation of Rights 73
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