Holding up a Mirror
How Civilizations Decline
‘A visionary book. Painful yet true in its portrait of the present’ — Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times ‘A thoroughly researched and illuminating reinterpretation of “The Crisis of Our Age”’, — Angela Ellis-Jones, Times Literary Supplement ‘Her thesis is challenging and her examples abundant and abundantly interesting’, — Alan Massie, Daily Telegraph ‘Glyn-Jones’ intriguing book puts an entirely new gloss on the stereotyped picture of fanatical Islamic theocracy’, — Frank McLynn, New Statesman and Society Review: The Mirror of Consciousness (full text)
Anne Glyn-Jones studied politics at Oxford and worked in theatre and television before becoming research archivist to Harold Macmillan. She was for twelve years Devon Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, and has published a number of sociological studies.
1 Illusion and Reality: Does It Matter Which is Which? full text (PDF format)
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2 From Metaphysics to Physics: the Sixth to Fourth Centuries in Greece 3 Hellenistic Pleasure and Prosperity: the Fourth to Second Centuries 4 The Greek World Disintegrates: the Second and First Centuries 5 Sententious to Saucy: the Roman World, Third Century BC to First AD 6 Pity and Fear? Or Brutalization? The Rise and Rise of the Amphitheatre 7 The Ascendancy of the Senses: the Late Republic and Early Empire 8 The Fruits of Materialism: the Late Republic and the Early Empire 9 Paying the Price: the Second and Third Centuries 10 The Shattering of the Mirror: the Fourth to Sixth Centuries 11 Through a Glass Darkly: the Sixth to Tenth Centuries 12 Scholars and Scientists: the Tenth to Twelfth Centuries 13 From the Mass to Melodrama: the Twelfth to Fifteenth Centuries 14 Post-Reformation Ambiguities: the Sixteenth to mid-Seventeenth Centuries 15 Rights Supplant Rites: the mid-Seventeenth to Late Eighteenth Centuries 16 Technology Triumphant: the Eighteenth Century 17 Propriety and Prosperity: the Nineteenth Century 18 Secular Certainties: the Early Twentieth Century 19 Secular Triumphs: the Late Twentieth Century 20 Art for Art’s Sake 21 Where the Rainbow Ends 22 Cause and Effect 23 Straws in the Wind
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