"Public Authority and the
State in the Western Tradition:
A Thousand Years of Growth, A.D. 976 - 1976”
by Carroll Quigley Ph.D.
The Oscar Iden Lectures
The Oscar Iden Lectures are delivered annually at the School of Foreign Service.
Their purpose is to illuminate trends and issues in world affairs which are of
special consequence to the United States.
The Iden Lectures were established in 1976 through the generosity of Mr. and
Mrs. Oscar Iden, SFS ‘24. Their contribution of an endowment fund to the School
provides a permanent basis for funding the lectures. The Idens' generosity to
the School has been continuous over the years and it is fitting that their
abiding educational interest should take the form of a distinguished lecture
series in their name.
In October, 1976, Professor Carroll Quigley delivered the first series of Oscar
Iden Lectures entitled "Public Authority and the State in the Western Tradition:
A Thousand Years of Growth, 976-1976." The lecture series was an occasion to
re-gather around Professor Quigley who had retired from the School of Foreign
Service the previous spring after forty years of teaching. The audience was
composed chiefly of Professor Quigley's colleagues and former students who were
grateful for the chance to be informed once again by his brilliance and
About a month after the final lecture, Professor Quigley died suddenly. The
lectures which he had intended to prepare for publication had only been
partially edited by him. In order to bring his final lectures and tour d'horizon
to print, we asked his former teaching assistant, Helen Veit, to prepare them.
She has assembled the manuscript which is published here, taking care to be
faithful to both Professor Quigley's style and to the nature of the occasion
itself. Accordingly, the printed lectures are as true and direct a translation
and reflection of the lecture series as it has been possible to produce.
This publication is intended primarily for distribution to Professor Quigley's
friends and former students. It is being sent with particular appreciation to
those who have contributed to the Carroll Quigley Fund which is being
established to create an endowed professorship at the School of Foreign Service.
To facilitate additional contributions to this Fund, a pledge card is enclosed.
Dean Peter F. Krogh
School of Foreign Service
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