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    DescriptionThe rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? In "Civilization: The West and the Rest," bestselling author Niall Ferguson argues that, beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts that the Rest lacked: competition, science, the rule of law, consumerism, modern medicine, and the work ethic. These were the "killer applications" that allowed the West to leap ahead of the Rest, opening global trade routes, exploiting newly discovered scientific laws, evolving a system of representative government, more than doubling life expectancy, unleashing the Industrial Revolution, and embracing a dynamic work ethic. "Civilization" shows just how fewer than a dozen Western empires came to control more than half of humanity and four fifths of the world economy. Yet now, Ferguson argues, the days of Western predominance are numbered--not because of clashes with rival civilizations, but simply because the Rest have now downloaded the six killer apps we once monopolized--while the West has literally lost faith in itself. "Civilization" does more than tell the gripping story of the West's slow rise and sudden demise; it also explains world history with verve, clarity, and wit. Controversial but cogent and compelling, "Civilization" is Ferguson at his very best.


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    Title
    Civilization
    Subtitle
    The West and the Rest
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Niall Ferguson, Narrator Niall Ferguson
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 74 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400164998
    ISBN 10: 1400164990
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    DC22: 909
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    DC22: 909/.09821
    B&T Approval Code: A14500000
    DC22: 909.09821
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55590
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037030
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A14204000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QFH
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    LC classification: CB245 .F37 2011B
    Thema V1.0: NHB
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QFH
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    01 November 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Niall Ferguson is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and the bestselling author of "Paper and Iron" and "The House of Rothschild." Niall Ferguson is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and the bestselling author of "Paper and Iron" and "The House of Rothschild."
    Review quote
    "Thought-provoking and possibly controversial." ---Library Journal