Friday, May 17, 2013

Arnold J. Toynbee - Quotes

Arnold J. Toynbee was eminent British historian, born in London on 14 April 1889. His most famous magnum opus is the A Study of History, in which the author traces the development and decay of all of the major world civilizations in the historical record. He was Professor at King's College London (as Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History), the London School of Economics and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) in Chatham House. Toynbee worked for the Political Intelligence Department of the British Foreign Office during World War I and served as a delegate to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. His approach belongs to Comparative history. 

On his journey in Macedonia and Morea, in the book The Western Question in Greece and Turkey, Toynbee has stated: 

"For ten days I walked about in the Morea... and afterwards I made a more rapid excursion into Western Macedonia. The Morea was the heart of ‘Old Greece’ and had been solidly Royalist. The Greeks of Macedonia had only been united to the Kingdom after the Balkan War, and, like most of their newly liberated kinsmen, had been supporters of Mr. Venizelos. The Moreots are provincials, the Macedonians— linked up with the West by railway more than a generation ago—are comparatively in touch with the world." (Pg. 243)


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