The Measure of Civilisation: How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations

The Measure of Civilisation: How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations

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By (author) Ian Morris

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  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 28mm | 524g
  • Publication date: 21 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1781250197
  • ISBN 13: 9781781250198
  • Sales rank: 347,191

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In Why the West Rules - For Now Ian Morris argues that to understand the development of East and West, we need to look beyond 'long-term lock-in' theories (that suggest it was inevitable) and 'short-term accident' theories. Instead, we need to measure social development - a group's ability to master its environment to get things done - and use the results to look at the patterns of history. Why the West Rules - For Now briefly describes the methods used to calculate Eastern and Western social development scores since the ice age; in The Measure of Civilisation, Morris expands upon these methods, discussing possible objections to this approach, and providing fascinating accounts of his gathering of evidence for his calculations. It is a magnificent account of where our understanding of the development of East and West comes from, and an unusual insight into a master thinker at work.

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Ian Morris is Willard Professor of Classics, Professor of History and a fellow of the Archaeology Centre at Stanford University. His first trade book, Why the West Rules - For Now [9781846682087] was published to near-universal acclaim and was the winner of a number of prizes including a PEN USA Literary Award and the getAbstract awards for best English language business book.