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.
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.
Carroll Quigley: An Introduction
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
The Holistic, Morphological, & Cognitive Qualities of Carroll Quigley’s Historiography
Comparative National Cultures
Comparative National Cultures
Changing Cognitive Systems as a Unifying Technique in American Studies
Round Table Review: The Naked Capitalist
The Naked Capitalist
The Cult of Conspiracy
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
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
Dr. Quigley Explains how Nazi Germany Seized a Stronger Czechoslovakia Faculty Corner
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
Is Georgetown University Committing “Suicide”?
The Christian West
A Difference of Goals
Trahison Des Clercs
Obsolete Academic Disciplines
On The Borders
Needed: a Revolution in Thinking
The Partisan Side of Quigley
Mexican National Character and Circum-Mediterranean
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)
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.