A Conversation With Arnold Toynbee
From NBC's Wisdom SeriesStreaming Video - 2010
Professor Arnold Toynbee - eminent British historian and author of the 10-volume work A Study of History - talks with Harvard teaching fellow Christopher Wright in this NBC interview from 1955. Toynbee describes about how it took 27 years to complete his series and why he chose to study history on the level of civilizations rather than of single nations. Pointing out that his mother was also a historian, he discusses the path that led him to that field as well, then articulates his feeling that history is meaningless if not utilized for present-day insight; that one can discover patterns in the past without making heavy-handed predictions about the future; that there are about 20 large historical units, such as Western history, Greek history, Indian history, and others; and that the great religions of the world represent the ultimate structure of history.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c1955.
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (29 min.) : sd., col., digital file.