Ascesa e declino delle civiltà. La teoria delle macro-trasformazioni politiche di Arnold J. Toynbee

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Rise and decline of civilizations. The theory of political macro-transformations by Arnold J. Toynbee

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] Since the fifties of the last century, the great English historian Arnold J. Toynbee (1889- 1975) has often been pointed out by his critics as a sort of visionary prophet. In his powerful and original effort to construct a macro-theory of political and international transformations, Toynbee retraces millennial events and vast geographical spaces, so as to be able to dig up those fundamental tendencies that mark the succession of peoples and civilizations on the forefront of history. More than three decades after Toynbee's death, however, the dynamics of world politics after the end of the Cold War seem to restore attractiveness to the theoretical enterprise of the English historian and to his attempt to outline a general explanatory model of the life cycle of civilizations . Toynbee and his work then acquire a new and current light. And as a prophet, whom many of his contemporaries considered visionary, he became a scholar who knew how to read and interpret the most important changes to the international order in advance. In fact, the historian of civilizations proposes a 'look' capable of embracing the broad set of political processes in place, placing them on the line of their possible (and perhaps very likely) future horizon. A 'look' that is capable of going beyond the most superficial rind of the many changes we are experiencing.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Rise and decline of civilizations. The theory of political macro-transformations by Arnold J. Toynbee
Original languageItalian
PublisherVita e Pensiero
Number of pages300
ISBN (Print)9788834319215
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Civilizations
  • Global Politics
  • Globalization
  • Globalizzazione
  • International Relations
  • Politica globale
  • Relazioni Internazionali
  • Toynbee

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