The Napoleon of Notting Hill

Mumford, Lewis
November 1954
New Republic;11/8/54, Vol. 131 Issue 19, p15
This article presents information on several volumes of the book "A Study of History," by Arnold J. Toynbee. The 7th vol. of the book, is an amplification and in part a restatement of the role of a universal religion in bringing the cycle of defeat and disintegration to a close. In 10th vol., Toynbee's personal development as historian is followed. Toynbee moves on to the stage of universal history and focuses his drama on mankind. The merit of Toynbee's work lies precisely in those fields where he challenges current pre-conceptions, methods, and goals. Toynbee's memory, indeed, comes so close to producing "total recall," as one discovers in his acknowledgments, that it has sometimes doubtless been almost as much of a handicap in writing this study as a help.


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