Arnold Toynbee on Current Events

“Today our knowledge of the past is increasing at an unprecedented rate, and this at both ends of its ever- lengthening vista. The archaeologists are making history by exhuming buried and forgotten civilizations as fast as the politicians are making it by taking new action for contemporary historians to study.”

Arnold J. Toynbee (1889-1975) As quoted in The Teacher and the Taught (1963)

Excerpted from: Howe, Randy, ed. The Quotable Teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2003.

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