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How the West won : the neglected story of the triumph of modernity

Author: Rodney Stark
Publisher: Wilmington, Delaware : ISI Books, [2014]
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this page-turning, myth-busting history, acclaimed author Rodney Stark shows exactly why Western civilization triumphed over other cultures?and why we all should be thankful it did." -- from publisher's website.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rodney Stark
ISBN: 9781610170857 1610170857
OCLC Number: 864709713
Description: vi, 455 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Classical Beginnings (500 BC-AD 500) --
Stagnant Empires and the Greek "Miracle" --
Jerusalem's Rational God --
The Roman Interlude --
Part II. The Not-So-Dark Ages (500-1200) --
The Blessings of Disunity --
Northern Lights Over Christendom --
Freedom and Capitalism --
Part III. Medieval Transformations (1200-1500) --
Climate, Plague, and Social Change --
The Pursuit of Knowledge --
Industry, Trade, and Technology --
Discovering the World --
Part IV. The Dawn of Modernity (1500-1750) --
New World Conquests and Colonies --
The Golden Empire --
The Lutheran Reformation : Myths and Realities --
Exposing Muslim Illusions --
Science Comes of Age --
Part V. Modernity (1750- ) --
The Industrial Revolution --
Liberty and Prosperity --
Globalization and Colonialism.
Responsibility: Rodney Stark.

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"In this page-turning, myth-busting history, acclaimed author Rodney Stark shows exactly why Western civilization triumphed over other cultures?and why we all should be thankful it did." -- from publisher's website.

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