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    DescriptionIn 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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    Title
    The Measure of Civilisation
    Subtitle
    How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian Morris
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 524 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781781250198
    ISBN 10: 1781250197
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    Libri: ENGM4900
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000, SOC002010
    DC23: 909
    Thema V1.0: NHB
    Publisher
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    21 February 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.