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    DescriptionIf in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe, you would have been most impressed by the dazzling civilizations of the Orient. The Forbidden City was under construction in Ming Beijing; in the Near East, the Ottomans were closing in on Constantinople. By contrast, England would have struck you as a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war. The other quarrelsome kingdoms of Western Europe - Aragon, Castile, France, Portugal and Scotland - would have seemed little better. As for fifteenth-century North America, it was an anarchic wilderness compared with the realms of the Aztecs and Incas. The idea that the West would come to dominate the Rest for most of the next half millennium would have struck you as wildly fanciful. And yet it happened. What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six 'killer applications' that the Rest lacked: competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy. "Civilization" takes readers on their own extraordinary journey around the world - from the Grand Canal at Nanjing to the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul; from Machu Picchu in the Andes to Shark Island, Namibia; from the proud towers of Prague to the secret churches of Wenzhou. It is the story of sailboats, missiles, land deeds, vaccines, blue jeans and Chinese Bibles. It is the defining narrative of modern world history.


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    Title
    Civilization
    Subtitle
    The West and the Rest
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Niall Ferguson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 558 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846144561
    ISBN 10: 1846144566
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    DC22: 909
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15580
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Libri: ENGM2000, GESC2878, UNIV0200, WELS9400, WEST2200
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    Thema V1.0: NHB
    Edition statement
    Open Market ed
    Illustrations note
    2 x 8pp colour
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    ALLEN LANE
    Publication date
    01 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World and The Ascent of Money. He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines all over the world. He has written and presented five highly successful television document series for Channel Four: Empire, American Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money and, most recently, Civilization.
    Review quote
    Ferguson is the most brilliant British historian of his generation ... he writes with splendid panache The Times One of the world's leading historians -- Hamish McRae Independent [Praise for The Ascent of Money] Beautifully written... Breathtakingly clever -- Martin Van Weyer Sunday Telegraph [Praise for The Ascent of Money] The tales he tells of boom and bust, of triumph and disaster, of bubbles that inflate... are the very essence of financial history -- Bill Emmott Financial Times [Praise for The Ascent of Money] An often enlightening and enjoyable tour through the underside of great events, a lesson in how the most successful great powers have always been underpinned by smart money -- Robert Skidelsky New York Review of Books