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    DescriptionSometime around 1750, English entrepreneurs unleashed the astounding energies of steam and coal, and the world was forever changed. The emergence of factories, railroads, and gunboats propelled the West's rise to power in the nineteenth century, and the development of computers and nuclear weapons in the twentieth century secured its global supremacy. Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, many worry that the emerging economic power of China and India spells the end of the West as a superpower. In order to understand this possibility, we need to look back in time. Why has the West dominated the globe for the past two hundred years, and will its power last? Describing the patterns of human history, the archaeologist and historian Ian Morris offers surprising new answers to both questions. It is not, he reveals, differences of race or culture, or even the strivings of great individuals that explain Western dominance. It is the effects of geography on the everyday efforts of ordinary people as they deal with crises of resources, disease, migration, and climate. As geography and human ingenuity continue to interact, the world will change in astonishing ways, transforming Western rule in the process. Deeply researched and brilliantly argued, "Why the West Rules--for Now" spans fifty thousand years of history and offers fresh insights on nearly every page. The book brings together the latest findings across disciplines--from ancient history to neuroscience--not only to explain why the West came to rule the world but also to predict what the future will bring in the next hundred years.


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    Title
    Why the West Rules---for Now
    Subtitle
    The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian Morris, Narrator Antony Ferguson
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400169986
    ISBN 10: 1400169984
    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, 909.09821
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55590
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS052000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    LC classification: CB251 .M68 2010C
    Thema V1.0: NHB
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    14 December 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Ian Morris is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and a professor of history at Stanford University and the author of a number of scholarly books, including "The Dynamics of Ancient Empires." "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner Antony Ferguson, a native of London, England, is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off-Broadway, and regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit.
    Review quote
    "A formidable, richly engrossing effort to determine why Western institutions dominate the world." ---Kirkus Starred Review