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Rise and Fall of Civilizations: Why Civilizations Rise and Fall and What Happens When They End

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The Rise and Fall of Civilizations is a sequel to The Light of Civilization, the most monumental study of the history of civilizations for several generations, where Nicholas Hagger describes religion as the basis for civilization rather than one element in its cultural expression. Here, he outlines the patterns of the civilizations themselves, providing a unique interpretation of the dynamics of their origin, rise and collapse, and how one civilization leads into the next. Essential reading for students of ...

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Overview

The Rise and Fall of Civilizations is a sequel to The Light of Civilization, the most monumental study of the history of civilizations for several generations, where Nicholas Hagger describes religion as the basis for civilization rather than one element in its cultural expression. Here, he outlines the patterns of the civilizations themselves, providing a unique interpretation of the dynamics of their origin, rise and collapse, and how one civilization leads into the next. Essential reading for students of history, it will interest all seeking to understand historical patterns and where our civilization is headed today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846940101
  • Publisher: Iff Books
  • Publication date: 4/25/2008
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 870,606
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue     xi
The 61 Stages in the Rise and Fall of Civilizations     1
The Light and History     2
The Rise-and-Fall Pattern     11
The Genesis of Civilizations
The Origin of the Light in an Earlier Civilization     11
The Migration of the Light to a New Culture     18
Migrating Light Conquers and Absorbs New Culture     22
The Light's Creation of a New Religion through Religious Unification     25
The Light/Religion Precedes the Genesis of a Civilization     30
The Light of the New Religion Creates the Central Idea of a Growing Civilization     34
The Light Attracts, Converts and Unifies Peoples round Central Idea/Stones     57
The Growth and Arrested Growth of Civilizations
The Light is Strong during the Growth of Civilizations     64
The Light Inspires Erection of Stones during Growth     69
Doctrinal Controversy surrounding Light     77
Political Unification     82
Schism     88
Foreign Threat Deals a Military Blow     95
Arrest in Growth of Secularized Civilization     103
Counter-thrust: Expansion into Empire and Light-led Renewal of Growth     111
The God of Light-led Growth in Heroic Epic Literature     123
The Breakdown ofCivilizations
Creation of Light-based Heretical Sect     127
Resistance to/Persecution of Heretical Sect     138
Decline of Religion/Church     143
Attempted Renewal by Mystics/Reformers who resist Decline     143
Foreign Threat's Military Blow before Breakdown     152
Breakdown of Civilization     152
Secularization of Broken-Down Civilization, when Defensive State Rules Religion     158
Revival of another Civilization's Past Culture     166
Further Resistance to Heresy leads to Civil War     173
New People or Dynasty/Power now hold Limelight     183
Heresy is grafted on to Central Idea     183
New People's Heretical Renewal of the Light and Central Idea     187
The New People's Renewal of Civilizations
Geographical Expansion as Substitute for Growth/Religion     191
Seceders from New People     197
New People Persecute Seceders     203
Scientific Materialism Weakens Religion     207
Artistic Reaction against Scientific Materialism     211
New People's Heirs' Further Expansion into Empire Overextends Civilization     216
The Decline of Civilizations
The Weakness of the Light during the Civilization's Decline as Energy is Dispersed Abroad     223
Light Disappears from Official Religion     226
Breakdown of Certainties     230
Central Idea/Religion weaken, Visual Arts become Restless and Secular     233
Philosophical Rationalism and Scepticism     236
Imperial Decline     240
Colonial Conflict leading to Decolonization     244
Authoritarian Proletarianization and Egalitarianism     250
Loss of National Sovereignty to an Inheriting Secularizing Conglomerate     255
Syncretism and Universalism as Religious Sects Draw Together with Light as Common Source     274
Rejection of Present/Yearning for Lost Past of Civilization: Revival of Cultural Purity     277
Further Attempt at Counter-thrust under Foreign Federalist Influence and Foreign God to Restore Past     282
Economic Decline and Inflation Lead to Further Class Conflict and Pave Way for Foreign Occupation     290
The Decay and Demise of Civilizations
The Light Ceases to be Publicly Recognised by Religion     293
Foreign Invaders Occupy Civilization and Undermine Lightless Religion     293
Foreign Invaders' Destruction of the Stones     298
The Loss of a Civilization's Central Idea through Secessions     303
Final Independent Phase or Nationalistic Swansong     313
Foreign Power Again Occupies Civilization and Further Secularizes its Lightless Religion     316
Contemplative Mystics Turn from Decaying Religion to Cults of Foreign Power     319
Civilization Resists the Foreign Occupier     323
Contemplative Mystics Defect from Occupiers' Religion and are Persecuted     325
Coteries Continue Light from Dying/Dead Religion and Central Idea in Mysteries     328
Further Occupation by Foreign Occupier     331
The Decaying Lightless Religion is Suppressed and Dies     334
Sudden Final Conquest of Religionless Civilization     339
The Dead Civilization Passes into a Successor Civilization     342
Lessons and Predictions
Civilizations as Light-Bearers: The Process of Growth, Breakdown and Decay
The Presence/Absence of Light in Growing/Decaying Civilizations     376
Varying Time-Scale within Civilizations     385
Illumined Mystics and the Renewal and Decline of Civilizations     389
The Role of Contemplative Mystics in Creating and Renewing their Religions/Civilizations     389
The Light's Renewal of Religions and Civilizations     394
The Weakness of the Light during Religions'/Civilizations' Times of Decline     412
Mystics' Defections to Foreign Cults, and Decline     428
Persecution of Contemplative Mystics/Illumined Men and Renewal     434
Predictions      443
Living Civilizations' Coming Stages     444
Declining Europe's Conglomerate     450
Conquest by the ex-USSR?     454
Conquest by Islam?     459
More Detailed Predictions for Surviving Civilizations     470
The Future of Western Civilization     485
The Weakened Metaphysical Vision of Europe     486
The Light as the Saviour of European Civilization     487
World-Wide Stage of the North-American Civilization in the 21st-22nd Century     494
American-led World Rule     497
The Light and an American-led World-Wide Universalist Religion     508
The Next Move: A Metaphysical Revolution to Renew the Growth of America's Stage 15 and Europe's Stage 44     512
Closing Vision     525
Charts
The Rainbow-like Parabola: 61 Stages in a Civilization's Life Cycle     528
Years between Seven Nodal Points of Growth and Decline     530
Summarizing the 61 Stages in the Life Cycle of 25 Civilizations (Including Projections for Living Civilizations)     532
Notes and References to Sources     550
Bibliography     557
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