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Civilization: The West and the Rest
 
 
Author
Niall Ferguson.
Publisher Allen Lane  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9781846144561
Pages/Publication Date 402/2011
Daedalus Item Code 30682
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If in 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe, assays Niall Ferguson, you would have been most impressed by the dazzling civilizations of the Orient, where the Forbidden City was under construction in Ming dynasty Beijing, while England would have struck you as a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation, and incessant war. The idea that the West would come to dominate "the Rest" for most of the next seven centuries would have struck you as fanciful at best. And yet it happened. Also the author of Empire, The War of the World and The Ascent of Money, Ferguson argues that the key to Western success was six "killer apps," or dominant attributesócompetition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism, and the work ethicóand warns that we are in serious danger of losing our edge.
 
 
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