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A Study of History, Abridgement of Vols 1-6 by Arnold Joseph Toynbee
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Read from October 07 to 20, 2011 — I own a copy

I learnt a lot. There are civilisations in here that I had never previously heard of, especially around the South of Turkey, the steppes of Eastern Europe and the Dneipr valley.

Both George Yeo and Lee Kuan Yew have nominated this book as 'foundational' and 'transformative' when they studied it at Cambridge in the '70s.

I found that I could not read it fast. I had to keep stopping and thinking about it. Still not completely convinced of his thesis, despite his mountains of historical 'evidence.'

I think that I will be thinking about the contents for quite a while to come. I guess that is the sign of a good book.
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