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Over the past 20 years or so I have been reading, studying, talking and writing about the work of my namesake: Prof. Carroll Quigley. For forty years he lectured, finally obtaining a Professorship at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington. During his Presidency Bill Clinton, a former student, quoted Quigley extensively on such matters as history, political structure and foreign policy. Prof. Quigley's seminal work "Tragedy and Hope" was a watershed in contemporary understanding of the history of the West, in general, and the United States, in particular. In this book Carroll Quigley explained his understanding of the realpolitik of power structures of the world and many might say this cost him dearly. However, his perspective on life was that you should endeavour to do your best, regardless of consequences. In 1976, one month before he died, he delivered a series of three lectures on one central topic "Public Authority and the State in the Western Tradition: A Thousand Years of Growth 976-1976. Remarkably, 32 years later, this lecture series is timely.