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Why the West Rules -- For Now -- The Patterns of History and What They Reveal About the Future

Morris, Ian

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ISBN 10: 0374290024 / ISBN 13: 9780374290023
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 2010
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An important and riveting new study by Ian Morris, a classics and history professor at Stanford and author of ten previous schoarly books on the West. The reader will find fascinating insights on how the West forged ahead in building modern societies and why other parts of the world are catching up -- fast. Bookseller Inventory # 101012

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Title: Why the West Rules -- For Now -- The ...

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011

Sometime around 1750, English entrepreneurs unleashed the astounding energies of steam and coal, and the world was forever changed. The emergence of factories, railroads, and gunboats propelled the West's rise to power in the nineteenth century, and the development of computers and nuclear weapons in the twentieth century secured its global supremacy. Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, many worry that the emerging economic power of China and India spells the end of the West as a superpower. In order to understand this possibility, we need to look back in time. Why has the West dominated the globe for the past two hundred years, and will its power last?

Describing the patterns of human history, the archaeologist and historian Ian Morris offers surprising new answers to both questions. It is not, he reveals, differences of race or culture, or even the strivings of great individuals, that explain Western dominance. It is the effects of geography on the everyday efforts of ordinary people as they deal with crises of resources, disease, migration, and climate. As geography and human ingenuity continue to interact, the world will change in astonishing ways, transforming Western rule in the process.

Deeply researched and brilliantly argued, Why the West Rules―for Now spans fifty thousand years of history and offers fresh insights on nearly every page. The book brings together the latest findings across disciplines―from ancient history to neuroscience―not only to explain why the West came to rule the world but also to predict what the future will bring in the next hundred years.

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IAN MORRIS is Willard Professor of Classics and History at Stanford University. He has published ten scholarly books, including, most recently, The Dynamics of Ancient Empires, and has directed excavations in Greece and Italy. He lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California.

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