Why the West Rules-- for Now

Why the West Rules-- for Now

[the Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future]

Audiobook CD - 2010 | Library edition.
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Sometime 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.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Audio, [2010]
Edition: Library edition.
Copyright Date: ℗2010
ISBN: 9781400149988
Branch Call Number: CD 909.09821 MOR
Characteristics: 21 sound discs (25 hr., 30 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Ferguson, Antony


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Jul 28, 2012

Love it, love it, love it. Heard Ian speak on NPR about his research, and knew I had to read/do the book. Thoughtfully arranged, well presented. Everyone who rode in my car just sat quietly and listened. . . then discussed! Really fun with my 16 yo.
The compare/contrast style worked particularly well with this topic, as the enormous span of years could be difficult to present in a cogent manner. Bonus points for making what could have been REALLY dry reading so accessible.

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