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Tragedy and History. About a Recent Book on Arnold Toynbee

Vito Limone
p. 264-267

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The main aim of this book by Federico Leonardi is to propose a new view of Arnold Toynbee’s philosophy of history, tracing its roots back to a little known lecture the British historian delivered in Oxford on May 1920, The Tragedy of Greece. In fact, the book’s appendix contains the first Italian translation of the lecture (The Tragedy of Greece. A Lecture Delivered for the Professor of Greek to Candidates for Honours in Literae Humaniores at Oxford in May 1920, Clarendon Press, Oxford 1921). In this conference Toynbee sketched his view of the civilization, that later he applied in his masterpiece, A Study of History, whose twelve volumes were composed and immediately edited by Oxford University Press between 1934 and 1961. Critics always agreed that Toynbee was irenistic and they dismissed his mix of history and theology, whereas Leonardi puts forward that Toynbee was tragic and consequently to understand history is to recognise its tragedy and to seek an alternative, a reconcilati...

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Vito Limone, « Tragedy and History. About a Recent Book on Arnold Toynbee », Anabases, 22 | 2015, 264-267.

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Vito Limone, « Tragedy and History. About a Recent Book on Arnold Toynbee », Anabases [En ligne], 22 | 2015, mis en ligne le 20 octobre 2018, consulté le 17 décembre 2017. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/anabases.5511

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Università Vita e Salute San Raffaele

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