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PART ONE: TOWARD A SOCIOLOGY OF HISTORY SECTION I: THE SOCIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF HISTORY I. The Sources of Culture Change 2. Sociology as a Science 3. Sociology and the Theory of Progress 4. Civilization and Morals 5. Progress and Decay in Ancient and Modern Civilization 6. Art and Society 7. Vitality or Standardization in Culture 8. Cultural Polarity and Religious Schism 9. Prevision in Religion Io. T. S. Eliot on the Meaning of Culture SECTION II: THE MOVEMENT OF WORLD HISTORY I. Religion and the Life of Civilization 2. The Warrior Peoples and the Decline of the Archaic Civilization 3. The Origins of Classical Civilization 4. The Patriarchal Family in History 5. Stages in Mankind's Religious Experience SECTION III: URBANISM AND THE ORGANIC NATURE OF CULTURE I. The Evolution of the Modern City 2. Catholicism and the Bourgeois Mind 3. The World Crisis and the English Tradition 4. Bolshevism and the Bourgeoisie PART TWO: CONCEPTIONS OF WORLD HISTORY SECTION IV: CHRISTIANITY AND THE MEANING OF HISTORY I. The Christian View of History 2. History and the Christian Revelation 3. Christianity and Contradiction in History 4. The Kingdom of God and History SECTION II: THE VISION OF THE HISTORIAN I. The Problem of Metahistory 2. St. Augustine and the City of God 3. Edward Gibbon and the Fall of Rome 4. Karl Marx and the Dialectic of History 5. H. G. Wells and the Outline of History 6. Oswald Spengler and the Life of Civilizations 7. Arnold Toynbee and the Study of History 8. Europe in Eclipse Afterword by John J. Mulloy: Continuity and Development in Christopher Dawson's Thought Sources Notes Index