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The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed?

In Civilization: The West and the Rest, bestselling author Niall Ferguson argues that, beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts that the Rest lacked: competition, science, the rule of law, consumerism, modern medicine, and the work ethic. These were the "killer applications" that allowed the West to leap ahead of the Rest, opening global trade routes, exploiting newly discovered scientific laws, evolving a system of representative government, more than doubling life expectancy, unleashing the Industrial Revolution, and embracing a dynamic work ethic. Civilization shows just how fewer than a dozen Western empires came to control more than half of humanity and four fifths of the world economy.

Yet now, Ferguson argues, the days of Western predominance are numbered—not because of clashes with rival civilizations, but simply because the Rest have now downloaded the six killer apps we once monopolized—while the West has literally lost faith in itself.

Civilization does more than tell the gripping story of the West's slow rise and sudden demise; it also explains world history with verve, clarity, and wit. Controversial but cogent and compelling, Civilization is Ferguson at his very best.

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"Niall Ferguson delivers an intriguing and possibly controversial exploration of the nature of modern civilization: who achieved power in the past, who is achieving it today, and what the future may hold. Charting the West's rise to power from the 15th century to the 20th century, Ferguson draws upon the past to describe how the 'rest' of the world is catching up. With a crisp English accent and a keen ability to utilize vocal emphasis and pauses, Ferguson proves an excellent narrator for his book. His past work in television and radio clearly influences his reading, the tone of which recalls many a news report. But Ferguson infuses his narration with flair, attitude, enthusiasm, and energy — all of which will keeps listeners engaged, even those who aren't history or social science fans. A Penguin hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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From one of our most renowned historians, Civilization: The West and the Rest is the definitive history of Western civilization's rise to global dominance—and the "killer applications" that made this improbable ascent possible.

Synopsis:

The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed?In Civilization: The West and the Rest, bestselling author Niall Ferguson argues that, beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts that the Rest lacked: competition, science, the rule of law, consumerism, modern medicine, and the work ethic. These were the "killer applic

About the Author

Niall Ferguson is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a senior research fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the bestselling author of "The House of Rothschild" and "Colossus,"

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400114993
Author:
Ferguson, Niall
Publisher:
Tantor Media Inc
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
World History-Western Civilization
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.6 lb

Related Subjects

Audio Books » Nonfiction
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Western Civilization

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Niall Ferguson delivers an intriguing and possibly controversial exploration of the nature of modern civilization: who achieved power in the past, who is achieving it today, and what the future may hold. Charting the West's rise to power from the 15th century to the 20th century, Ferguson draws upon the past to describe how the 'rest' of the world is catching up. With a crisp English accent and a keen ability to utilize vocal emphasis and pauses, Ferguson proves an excellent narrator for his book. His past work in television and radio clearly influences his reading, the tone of which recalls many a news report. But Ferguson infuses his narration with flair, attitude, enthusiasm, and energy — all of which will keeps listeners engaged, even those who aren't history or social science fans. A Penguin hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , From one of our most renowned historians, Civilization: The West and the Rest is the definitive history of Western civilization's rise to global dominance—and the "killer applications" that made this improbable ascent possible.
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The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed?In Civilization: The West and the Rest, bestselling author Niall Ferguson argues that, beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts that the Rest lacked: competition, science, the rule of law, consumerism, modern medicine, and the work ethic. These were the "killer applic
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