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AUTHOR: Arnold Joseph Toynbee (1889–1975)
QUOTATION: On this showing, the nature of the breakdowns of civilizations can be summed up in three points: a failure of creative power in the minority, an answering withdrawal of mimesis on the part of the majority, and a consequent loss of social unity in the society as a whole.
ATTRIBUTION: ARNOLD J. TOYNBEE, A Study of History, vol. 4, part B, p. 6 (1948).
SUBJECTS: Civilization