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Life, Lectures & Collected Writings
Carroll Quigley

It will be obvious to you that I have enjoyed my work, although at the end of my career I have no conviction that I did any good. Fortunately, I had a marvelous father and a marvelous mother, and we were taught you don’t have to win, but you have to give it all you’ve got. Then it won’t matter.

Carroll Quigley, his Life, Lectures & Collected Writings

CARROLL QUIGLEY

Professor Carroll Quigley was a top American historian and theorist on the evolution of civilizations. He believed that knowledge cannot be divided into parts, that the world can be viewed only as an interlocking, complex system. This view complemented his life: he had reveled in the traditions and contrasts of his neighborhood, eschewed fame in favor of keeping his emotional and social development on track.

  • In an age characterized by violence, extraordinary personal alienation, and the disintegration of moral values, Quigley chose a life dedicated to rationality. He wanted an explanation that in its very categorization would give meaning to a history which was a record of constant change. Therefore the analysis had to include but not be limited to categories of subject areas of human activity. It had to describe change in categories expressed sequentially in time. It was a most ambitious effort to make history rationally understandable.
  • On such views, in 1961 Quigley published “The Evolution of Civilizations”. Its scope was wide-ranging, covering the whole of man’s activities throughout time. It attempted a categorization of man’s activities in sequential fashion so as to provide a causal explanation of the stages of civilization.
  • In 1966, Quigley published “Tragedy and Hope”, a work of exceptional scholarship depicting the history of the world between 1895 and 1965. It was a commanding work, 20 years in the writing, that added to Quigley’s considerable national reputation as a historian. The book reflected Quigley’s feeling that “Western civilization is going down the drain.” That was the tragedy. When the book came out in 1966, Quigley thought the whole show could he salvaged; that was his hope.
  • In the last 12 years of his life, from 1965 to 1977, Quigley taught, observed the American scene, and reflected on his basic values in life. He was simultaneously pessimistic and radically optimistic. Teaching was the core of his professional life and neither his craving to write nor his discouragement with student reaction of the early seventies diminished his commitment to the classroom.
  • Unlike his underlying faith in the efficacy of teaching, Quigley found little basis for optimism about the future of American society: “We are living in a very dangerous age in which insatiably greedy men are prepared to sacrifice anybody’s health and tranquility to satisfy their own insatiable greed for money and power.”
  • Much of the joy of teaching left Quigley in his last years. He complained bitterly that his 1970s college students were woefully under-educated and ill-prepared for college level work and that too many of them had their minds elsewhere, fixated more on bringing about a social revolution than on achieving an education.
  • Yet pessimism about American society did not weaken a radical optimism rooted in his essential values: nature, people, and God: “The need for others is present on all levels; the physical, emotional, and intellectual. Indeed, every relationship has in it all three aspects. The desire to help others experience these things and to grow as a result of such experiences is called love. Such love is the real motivating force of the universe and is, in its ultimate nature, a manifestation of the love of God. Because while God is pure Reason and man’s ultimate goal is Reason, it cannot be reached directly and must always be approached step by step, not alone but in companionship with others, and thus through love. Thus love of others, ultimately love of God, are the steps by which man develops reason and slowly approaches pure Reason.”.
  • In the fields of economics we have great recognition for names likes Keynes or Friedman. Professor Quigley, though a top American historian, has escaped our attention. This book, which is a compilation of some of Quigley’s writings and most important lectures, is an attempt to fill the void.
Carroll Quigley: Life, Lectures and Collected Writings
Carroll Quigley: Life, Lectures and Collected Writings

Table of Contents

Introduction

Carroll Quigley: An Introduction

Life

Life

The Improbable Dr. Quigley

“Quigley… Making Birchers Bark”

The Professor Who Knew Too Much

Quigley: Another Side of a Reflective Man

The Evolution of Civilizations

The Evolution of Civilizations: A Review

Carroll Quigley: Some Aspects of His Last Twelve Years

Recent Off-Campus Activities of Professor Carroll Quigley

Carroll Quigley Endowed Chair Brochure

Lectures

The Holistic, Morphological, & Cognitive Qualities of Carroll Quigley’s Historiography

Selected Bibliography

References

Comparative National Cultures

Introduction

Comparative National Cultures

  Part I

  Part II

General Discussion

Changing Cognitive Systems as a Unifying Technique in American Studies

Round Table Review: The Naked Capitalist

The Naked Capitalist

The Cult of Conspiracy

Quigley’s Response

Skousen’s Reply

Midgley’s Rejoinder

Dissent: Do We Need It?

The Mythology of American Democracy

That Anglo-Saxon Heritage

The Constitution and The Powers

The Stages of Political Growth

Threats to Democracy

Remedies

Discussion

Public Authority and The State in The Western Tradition: A Thousand Years of Growth, A.D. 976-1976

The Oscar Iden Lectures

Part I: “The State of Communities”, A.D. 976-1576

Part II: “The State of Estates”, A.D. 1576-1776

Part III: “The State of Individuals”, A.D. 1776-1976

Collected Writings

Dr. Quigley Explains how Nazi Germany Seized a Stronger Czechoslovakia Faculty Corner

Politics

Father Walsh as I Knew Him

Constantine Mcguire: Man of Mystery

Better Training for Foreign Service Officers

Quigley Probes Possibilities for Foreign Service Curriculum Reform

Wartime Efforts

Revised Curriculum

Crucial Problems

Is Georgetown University Committing “Suicide”?

Conant-Dodds Influence

The Christian West

Catholic Scholarship

A Difference of Goals

Trahison Des Clercs

Obsolete Academic Disciplines

Today’s Problems

On The Borders

Self-Education

Needed: a Revolution in Thinking

The Partisan Side of Quigley

Mexican National Character and Circum-Mediterranean
  Personality Structure

References Cited

The ‘74 Interview

1974 Interview with Rudy Maxa of The Washington Post

Professor Quigley’s Quotes

Quotes From Quigley’s Work

The Evolution of Civilizations (1961) (Second Edition 1979)

Tragedy and Hope: A History of The World in Our Time (1966)

Oscar Iden Lecture Series Lecture 3: “The State of Individuals” (1976)

Photo Gallery

Carroll Quigley was born in Boston and attended Harvard University, where he studied history and earned B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. He taught at Princeton University, and then at Harvard, and then at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University from 1941 to 1976.
From 1941 until 1972, he taught a two-semester course at Georgetown on the development of civilizations. According to his obituary in The Washington Star, many alumni of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service asserted that this was “the most influential course in their undergraduate careers”.
In addition to his academic work, Quigley served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Navy, the Smithsonian Institution, and the House Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration in the 1950s. He was also a book reviewer for The Washington Star, and a contributor and editorial board member of Current History. Quigley said of himself that he was a conservative defending the liberal tradition of the West. He was an early and fierce critic of the Vietnam War, and he opposed the activities of the military-industrial complex.
Quigley retired from Georgetown in June 1976 and died the following year.

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