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Carroll Quigley? Great American Historian, Philosopher and Educator!

Updated on February 28, 2014

Was Carroll Quigley a Great Historian, Philosopher and Educator or Simply a Conspiracy Theorist?

Professor Carroll Quigley taught for more than forty years at Princeton, Harvard and Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service. His lectures on the "Development of Civilisation" and the "World Since 1914" were inspirational. He used a polymath scientific method in historiography, wrote about secret societies' impact on history, excelled at making his students think, marked papers strictly, and "was an arch enemy of grade inflation". 1

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Professor Carroll Quigley

November 9, 1910 - January 3, 1977

Professor Carroll Quigley standing at lecturn
Professor Carroll Quigley standing at lecturn

An Educator - Professor Quigley taught at Princeton and Harvard Universities, but most notably at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where he taught from 1941 to 1976. His two-semester course on the development of civilisations is legendary.

His Books - "The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis", "Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time", "The Anglo-American Establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden", and "Weapons Systems and Political Stability".

Research on Secret Societies - Contrary to the opinion of most academic historians, Professor Quigley proposed that secret societies, in particular the Milner Group, have played a significant role in recent world history.

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Carroll Quigley
Carroll Quigley

Read About Carroll Quigley on Wikipedia

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Carroll Quigley (November 9, 1910 - January 3, 1977) was an American historian and theorist of the evolution of civilizations. Quigley was born in Boston, and attended Harvard University, where he studied history and earned B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. He taught at Princeton University, and then at Harvard, and then at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University 1941 to 1976.

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Prof Quigley on Central Banks and Global Finance

Bank for International Settlements (BIZ)
Bank for International Settlements (BIZ)

The building of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel near the Swiss railway station at night
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"...[T]he powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations.... " 2

Selected Quotes From Professor Carroll Quigley

Professor Carroll Quigley
Professor Carroll Quigley

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"Bolshevism presented itself as an economic threat to themselves at the same time that Nazism presented itself as a political threat to their countries". ~ Carroll Quigley

"Hitler's economic revolution in Germany had reduced financial considerations to a point where they played no role in economic or political decisions." ~ Carroll Quigley

"In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so." ~ Carroll Quigley

"The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers."~ Carroll Quigley

"The history of the last century shows, as we shall see later, that the advice given to governments by bankers, like the advice they gave to industrialists, was consistently good for bankers, but was often disastrous for governments, businessmen, and the people generally." ~ Carroll Quigley

"There were people who said the Society of Cincinnati in the American revolution, of which George Washington was one of the shining lights, was a branch of the Illuminati." ~ Carroll Quigley

"This persistence as private firms continued because it ensured the maximum of anonymity and secrecy to persons of tremendous public power who dreaded public knowledge of their activities as an evil almost as great as inflation." ~ Carroll Quigley

"Thus, the use of fiat money is more justifiable in financing a depression than in financing a war." ~ Carroll Quigley

"When goods are exchanged between countries, they must be paid for by commodities or gold. They cannot be paid for by the notes, certificates, and checks of the purchaser's country, since these are of value only in the country of issue." ~ Carroll Quigley

President W.J. (Bill) Clinton
President W.J. (Bill) Clinton

Prof. Quigley's Influence on President Bill Clinton

W.J. Clinton at the 1992 Democratic National Convention...

"As a teenager, I heard John Kennedy's summons to citizenship. Then, as a student at Georgetown, I heard that call clarified by a professor named Carroll Quigley, who said to us that America was the greatest Nation in history because our people had always believed in 2 things-tomorrow can be better than today and that every one of us has a personal moral responsibility to make it so."

Now, tell us what do you think of Carroll Quigley:

Professor Carroll Quigley at lecturn
Professor Carroll Quigley at lecturn

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What do you think? Was Carroll Quigley's view of world history correct?

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1. Peter F. Krogh, Dean: School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

2. "Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time"; Carroll Quigley, Volumes 1-8 New York: The Macmillan Company 1966, p.277

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