Arnold Tonybee, one of this century's most respected historians, brings to this unique work both his profound knowledge of the history of the human race and his deep concern for its future.
Now that humanity acknowledges that the problems that threaten to destroy it are of its own making, Tonybee's approach is particularly timely. He argues that habits, unlike instincts, can be changed and that faced with the inescapable choice, humanity will prefer painful changes of habit to self-destruction.
This is what is required - for the problems now confronting us can only be solved by a radical break with our deeply ingrained habits. Each of the issues facing the modern world is examined from this point of view, from the pressures of population and urbanization, and the challenges of increased materialism and religious pluralism, to the question of political unification and a new world order.