chapter  I
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Causes of the Present Chaos

The ancient empires of Egypt and Babylonia were swept away by the Persian empire, the Persian by the Macedonian, the Macedonian by the Roman, the Roman by the Teutons and Arabs, the Arabs by the Teutons. At each stage a civilization which had reached a certai'Il height and then grown decrepit was destroyed, and a new one built upon its ruins, sometimes only after a considerable period of chaos. Our own civilization appears to be growing decrepit and ready

to fall. In all this we see only the cyclic movement of history: birth, growth, decay and death, in empires and civilizations as with the beasts of the field.