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

ISBN-10: 0312611692
ISBN-13: 9780312611699
Edition: 2011
Authors: Ian Morris
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 768
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.914

ANew York TimesBestsellerAnEconomistBest Book of the YearA story fifty thousand years in the making,Why the West Rules—for Nowclaims a place among the modern classics of world history. Author Ian Morris—polymath, internationally renowned scholar, and “the world’s most talented ancient historian” (Niall Ferguson)—explains anew the story of Western dominance in this unified theory of all things geopolitical. Describing the patterns of human history, Morris 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 next hundred years will bring. At once vibrant, scholarly, and entertaining,Why the West Rules—for Nowis “a stunningly informative, imaginative, and engaging account...provocative...and intellectually stimulating” (Glenn C. Altschuler,Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

Ian Morris is a history professor who earned his PhD at Cambridge University before becoming Professor of Classics and History at Stanford University in 1995. Before joining Stanford University Professor Ian Morris served as Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Chair of Classics Department and Director of Social Science History Institute. He also founded and directed the Stanford Archaelogy Center. Between 2000 and 2006 Professor Ian Morris directed Stanford University's excavation at Monte Polizzo, Sicily. Professor Morris has been awarded fellowships from both the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. and Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ian Morris's interest in understanding why the west has dominated the earth for the last few centuries lead him to his career as an archaelogist and historian of ancient Greece studying texts and excavating sites around the Mediterranean Sea. This interest has lead him to write or edit 11 books on the subject with the most recent being Why The West Rules... For Now. It asks the question how geography and natural resources have shaped the distribution of wealth and power around the world for the past 20,000 years and how the will shape our future.

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