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

ISBN-10: 0374290024
ISBN-13: 9780374290023
Edition: 2010
Authors: Ian Morris
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 768
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

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 Rulesfor Nowspans fifty thousand years of history and offers fresh insights on nearly every page. The book brings together the latest findings across disciplinesfrom ancient history to neurosciencenot 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.

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.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Before East and West
The West Takes the Lead
Taking the Measure of the Past
The East Catches Up
Neck and Neck
Decline and Fall
The Eastern Age
Going Global
The West Catches Up
The Western Age
Why the West Rules...
...For Now
Appendix: On Social Development
Notes
Further Reading
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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