Dean Peter Elliott

In his 2004 Massey lectures BC writer Ronald Wright explored the theme of the title A Short History of Progress. He analyzed four fallen civilizations and had these words to say to our present time: “Despite certain events of the twentieth century, most people in the Western cultural tradition still believe in the Victorian ideal of progress…an assumption that a pattern of change exists in human history…consisting of changes in one direction only, and that direction is towards improvement.”[1]