skip to content
Civilization : the West and the rest Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Civilization : the West and the rest

Author: Niall Ferguson
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
A history of Western civilization's rise to global dominance offers insight into the development of such concepts as competition, modern medicine, and the work ethic, arguing that Western dominance is being lost to cultures who are more productively utilizing Western techniques.
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ferguson, Niall.
Civilization : the West and the rest.
New York : Penguin Press, 2011
(OCoLC)767533362
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Niall Ferguson
ISBN: 1594203059 9781594203053 1101548029 9781101548028 1101547294 9781101547298
OCLC Number: 707969111
Description: xxx, 402 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.), ports. (some col.), charts ; 24 cm.
Contents: Rassela's question --
Competition --
Two rivers --
The eunuch and the unicorn --
The spice race --
The mediocre kingdom --
Science --
The siege --
Micrographia --
Osman and Fritz --
Tanzimat tours --
From Istanbul to Jerusalem --
Property --
New worlds --
Land of the free --
American revolutions --
The fate of the Gullahs --
Medicine --
Burke's prophecy --
The Juggernaut of war --
Médecins sans frontières --
The skulls of Shark Island --
Black shame --
Consumption --
The birth of the consumer society --
Turning western --
Ragtime to riches --
The jeans genie --
Pyjamas and scarves --
Work --
Work ethic and word ethic --
Get your kicks --
The Chinese Jerusalem --
Lands of unbelief --
The end of days? --
Conclusion : the rivals.
Responsibility: Niall Ferguson.
More information:

Abstract:

A history of Western civilization's rise to global dominance offers insight into the development of such concepts as competition, modern medicine, and the work ethic, arguing that Western dominance is being lost to cultures who are more productively utilizing Western techniques.

"The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? In Civilization: The West and the Rest, bestselling author Niall Ferguson argues that, beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts that the Rest lacked: competition, science, the rule of law, consumerism, modern medicine, and the work ethic. These were the "killer applications" that allowed the West to leap ahead of the Rest, opening global trade routes, exploiting newly discovered scientific laws, evolving a system of representative government, more than doubling life expectancy, unleashing the Industrial Revolution, and embracing a dynamic work ethic. Civilization shows just how fewer than a dozen Western empires came to control more than half of humanity and four fifths of the world economy"--Provided by publisher.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

All user tags (1)

View most popular tags as: tag list | tag cloud

Similar Items

Related Subjects:(7)

User lists with this item (14)

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/707969111>
library:oclcnum"707969111"
library:placeOfPublication
library:placeOfPublication
owl:sameAs<info:oclcnum/707969111>
rdf:typeschema:Book
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:bookEdition"1st American ed."
schema:creator
schema:datePublished"2011"
schema:description""The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? In Civilization: The West and the Rest, bestselling author Niall Ferguson argues that, beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts that the Rest lacked: competition, science, the rule of law, consumerism, modern medicine, and the work ethic. These were the "killer applications" that allowed the West to leap ahead of the Rest, opening global trade routes, exploiting newly discovered scientific laws, evolving a system of representative government, more than doubling life expectancy, unleashing the Industrial Revolution, and embracing a dynamic work ethic. Civilization shows just how fewer than a dozen Western empires came to control more than half of humanity and four fifths of the world economy"--Provided by publisher."@en
schema:description"A history of Western civilization's rise to global dominance offers insight into the development of such concepts as competition, modern medicine, and the work ethic, arguing that Western dominance is being lost to cultures who are more productively utilizing Western techniques."@en
schema:description"Rassela's question -- Competition -- Two rivers -- The eunuch and the unicorn -- The spice race -- The mediocre kingdom -- Science -- The siege -- Micrographia -- Osman and Fritz -- Tanzimat tours -- From Istanbul to Jerusalem -- Property -- New worlds -- Land of the free -- American revolutions -- The fate of the Gullahs -- Medicine -- Burke's prophecy -- The Juggernaut of war -- Médecins sans frontières -- The skulls of Shark Island -- Black shame -- Consumption -- The birth of the consumer society -- Turning western -- Ragtime to riches -- The jeans genie -- Pyjamas and scarves -- Work -- Work ethic and word ethic -- Get your kicks -- The Chinese Jerusalem -- Lands of unbelief -- The end of days? -- Conclusion : the rivals."@en
schema:exampleOfWork<http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/793159884>
schema:genre"History"@en
schema:genre"Nonfiction."@en
schema:genre"History."@en
schema:inLanguage"en"
schema:name"Civilization : the West and the rest"@en
schema:numberOfPages"402"
schema:publisher
schema:url
schema:workExample
schema:workExample
schema:workExample

Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.