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Rise of the West A History of the Human Community

ISBN-10: 0226561410

ISBN-13: 9780226561417

Edition: 1991 (Reprint)

Authors: William H. McNeill

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The Rise of the West, winner of the National Book Award for history in 1964, is famous for its ambitious scope and intellectual rigor. In it, McNeill challenges the Spengler-Toynbee view that a number of separate civilizations pursued essentially independent careers, and argues instead that human cultures interacted at every stage of their history. The author suggests that from the Neolithic beginnings of grain agriculture to the present major social changes in all parts of the world were triggered by new or newly important foreign stimuli, and he presents a persuasive narrative of world history to support this claim. In a retrospective essay titled "The Rise of the West after Twenty-five Years," McNeill shows how his book was shaped by the time and place in which it was written (1954-63). He discusses how historiography subsequently developed and suggests how his portrait of the world's past in The Rise of the West should be revised to reflect these changes. "This is not only the most learned and the most intelligent, it is also the most stimulating and fascinating book that has ever set out to recount and explain the whole history of mankind. . . . To read it is a great experience. It leaves echoes to reverberate, and seeds to germinate in the mind."--H. R. Trevor-Roper, New York Times Book Review
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Book details

List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 860
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

Born in Canada, William H. McNeill was chairman of the Department of History at the University of Chicago and one of the editors of the Readings in World History Series published by Oxford University Press. His one-volume "A World History," which gives equal space to Asia and the West, was greeted as a work of major importance by such recognized historians as Arnold Toynbee, Hans Kohn, Geoffrey Bruun, Stringfellow Barr, and John Barkham. Toynbee has acclaimed McNeill's "The Rise of the West," which took nine years to write, as "the most lucid presentation of world history in narrative form that I know." It won the 1963 National Book Award for history and the Gordon J. Laing Prize of the University of Chicago.

List of Illustrations
""The Rise of the West after Twenty-five Years""
Preface
The Era of Middle Eastern Dominance to 500 B.C.
In The Beginning
The Breakthrough to Civilization in Mesopotamia
The Diffusion of Civilization: First Phase
Introduction
The Civilizations of the Nile And Indus Valleys to 1700 B.C.
Ancient Egypt
The Indus Civilization
The Transplantation of Civilization to Rain-Watered Lands
Introductory
Asia Minor
Crete
The Impact of Civilization on the