Toynbee was inspired by Oswald Spenglers "The decline of the West" (1918-1922) .
His main work is A study of History (1-12, 1934-61).
Instead of Spenglers view that the decline of civilisations was predestined,
Toynbee saw that mankind could choose to respond or not respond to coming challenges.
Opposing Karl Marx, Toynbee saw history being formed by spiritual and not economical forces.
"In order to realize the final peace of the world, there is no way
but to know that mankind forms a substantial family with one invisible parent."
Oswald Spengler, Arnold Toynbee and Sun Myung Moon - Decline of the West
by Barbara Grabner