Carroll Quigley

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Carroll Quigley (1910-1977) was a noted historian, polymath, and theorist of the evolution of civilizations.

 Quigley was born in Boston, where he attended school and planned to pursue a career in biochemistry. But he soon shifted to history, to which he brought an analytical, scientific approach. After receiving a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D in history from Harvard University, he taught at Princeton and Harvard. In 1941 Quigley joined the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he came to teach a highly regarded course, "Development of Civilization".

As a spell-binding lecturer, Quigley made a strong impression on many of his students, including future U.S. President Bill Clinton.

In addition to his academic work, Quigley served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Navy, the Smithsonian Institute, and the House Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration, which went on to establish NASA. Although Quigley remained a sought-after lecturer, over time he received fewer offers to consult, perhaps because he was unwilling to say what was politically acceptable.

Quigley served as a book reviewer for the "Washington Star" and was a contributor and editorial board member of "Current History".

Quigley authored two influential books: Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time (1966); and The Evolution of Civilizations (1961, 1979). Several other books were published posthumously from his manuscripts, including The Anglo-American Establishment (1981).

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