Rise, fall, and survival of societies and civilizations

William McNeill Passed Away on July 8, 2016

Celebrated world historian William H. McNeill died recently in Torrington, Conn. Best known for his noted work The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community, which was first published in 1963, he also went on to write other influential texts. These included Plagues and People, which noted the critical effect of disease in trimming and shaping human communities. McNeill taught at the University of Chicago for 40 years.

Samuel Huntington Remembered

His 1993 article


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William Penn's Treaty with Native Americans

Jared Diamond                   (1937-        )

His specialization is in biogeography and human society, currently a professor in the Geography Department at UCLA.  Harvard A.B. and Cambridge Ph.D.

Guns, Germs, and Steel. (1997)

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Jared Diamond

Samuel Huntington          (1927-2008)

Specialized in governmental studies involving war and peace, taught at Harvard and Columbia.  Yale A. B., Harvard Ph.D.

The Clash of Civilizations. (1998)

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William McNeill                  (1917-2016)

His specialization is in world history, emeritus professor from the University of Chicago.

The Rise of the West. (1963, reissued 1992)

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Carroll Quigley                   (1910-1977)

Specialized in government history and foreign affairs, taught primarily at Georgetown University.  Harvard A.B. and Ph.D.

Tragedy & Hope (1975)

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Jacques Barzun                  (1907-2012)

His specialization is in cultural history, which he taught at Columbia University, and where he also served as Dean of the Graduate School.  Columbia A.B. and Ph.D.

From Dawn to Decadence. (2000)

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Arnold Toynbee                 (1889-1975 )

Specialized in comparative history and international affairs, taught at Kings College London, London School of Economics, and Royal Institute of International Affairs. Attended Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford.

A Study of History. (In 12 volumes: 1934-1961)

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Edward Gibbon                   (1737-1794)

His specialty was the history of Rome, though he wrote on other subjects. He briefly attended Magdalen College, Oxford, but did not graduate; being a voracious reader provided much of his education.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. (In 6 volumes: 1776-1788)

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