Civilization : The West and the Rest (Paperback)


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Civilization : The West and the Rest Book Description

  • A controversial and brilliantly entertaining new bestseller from the author of The Ascent of Money
  • A global history like no other – Ferguson identifies six factors that have made empires rise and fall
  • One of our most high profile authors, The Ascent of Money has sold over 20,000 copies in India.
  • ‘Ferguson is one of the most brilliant historian of his generation ...he writes with splendid panache’ The Times

If in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe, you would have been most impressed by the dazzling civilizations of the Orient. The Forbidden City was under construction in Ming Beijing; in the Near East, the Ottomans were closing in on Constantinople.

By contrast, England would have struck you as a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war. The other quarrelsome kingdoms of Western Europe - Aragon, Castile, France, Portugal and Scotland - would have seemed little better. As for fifteenth-century North America, it was an anarchic wilderness compared with the realms of the Aztecs and Incas. The idea that the West would come to dominate the Rest for most of the next half millennium would have struck you as wildly fanciful. And yet it happened.

What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six "killer applications" that the Rest lacked: competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy.

Civilization takes readers on their own extraordinary journey around the world - from the Grand Canal at Nanjing to the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul;  from Machu Picchu in the Andes to Shark Island, Namibia; from the proudtowers of Prague to the secret churches of Wenzhou. It is the story of sailboats, missiles, land deeds, vaccines, blue jeans and Chinese Bibles.

Book Details


Title: Civilization : The West and the Rest
Publisher: Penguin UK
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN:

1846144566

EAN:

9781846144561

No. of Pages: 432
Deliverable Countries: This product ships to India, Sri Lanka.

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