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Humanist Archives: Aug. 4, 2020, 7:43 a.m. Humanist 34.211 - tracing a quotation -- yielding another result

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        Date: 2020-08-03 17:51:08+00:00
        From: Michael Piotrowski 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 34.208: tracing a quotation -- yielding a result


On 2020-08-03, Paul OShea  wrote:

> The source of the quotation you are searching for can be located in:
> Barrington Moore, Jr. *Soviet Politics: The Dilemma of Power (1950): The
> Role of Ideas in Social Change*.

A great find!  Just before reading Paul’s answer I had found it in
another publication by Moore, five years earlier:

  Moore, B. (1945). Some Readjustments in Communist Theory: A Note on
  the Relation between Ideas and Social Change. Journal of the History
  of Ideas, 6(4), 468-482. https://doi.org/10.2307/2707346

The quote can be found on page 482; in this earlier version it reads:

  One cannot put the Roman Empire in a test tube, add a little
  Christianity, and watch whether it declines and falls.

The later formulation “and watch whether it rises or falls” clearly
makes works better for the metaphor than the Gibbon reference ;-)


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