Studying National Creativity

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Why--the causal relation discussed in this book--answers a string of sixty-four thousand dollar questions. Why did China fail to sustain its technological supremacy and fail to develop modern science? Why did the creativity in the Arab civilization decline sharply after 1200 AD? Why was Byzantium not creative? And what is the secret of the ever-expanding Western creativity?

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Why did China fail to sustain its technological supremacy and to develop modern science? Why did creativity dissappear in the Arab World? What caused the decline and fall of the Roman Empire? Why has Byzantium always been low in creativity? Why did Venice have no great writers? What are the origins of the Egyptian civilization and then its decline? What are the origins of Western science? These are the questions answered in this book.In a revolutionary approach —the parallel study of all these cases — the author presents the answer: creativity prospers naturally under division of power (DP), and declines and falls under unity of power (UP).DP fosters critical thinking, curiosity, individualism, and initiative; UP instead fosters acceptance, submission, fanaticism, and stagnation.The answers in this book are especially important to gain understanding of our Western World, so unique for its strongest initial and ever growing DP, and possibilities of further progress through continuing DP.

About the Author:

William A. Therivel was born in Paris in 1928 to an Italo-French Valdotain father and an Austrian mother. He completed his first studies in 1955 with a doctoral degree in checmical engineering from the Turin Polytechnic. From 1956 to 1986, he worked as a business development specialist for Italian and American companies in Italy, Iran, France, Japan, Brazil, England, Belgium, and the United States. His success in these assignments was due, in part, to his fluency in English, Frnech, Italian, German, and Spanish, and his lifelong interest in the history, literature, sociology, and psychology of many of these countries.

He expanded his studies in psychology with a doctorate of psychology (developmental)from the University of Houston. As a research associate, his areas of specialization are: personality, creativity, ethnopsychology, history, and literature in an interdisciplinary perspective, with several papers published on each of these subjects.

He is the author of the six-volume The GAM/DP Theory of Personality and Creativity (2001-08) and of High Creativity Unmasked: Persons and Civilizations of 2010. He is also a frequent contributor to Creativity Research Journal, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, Studi Medievali, and Rivista di Studi Italiani.

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