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The rise of Western power : a comparative history of Western civilization

Author: Jonathan W Daly
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
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The West's history is one of extraordinary success; no other region, empire, culture, or civilization has left so powerful a mark upon the world. The Rise of Western Power charts the West's achievements-representative government, the free enterprise system, modern science, and the rule of law-as well as its misdeeds-two frighteningly destructive World Wars, the Holocaust, imperialistic domination, and the Atlantic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Daly, Jonathan W.
Rise of Western power.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan W Daly
ISBN: 9781441118516 1441118519
OCLC Number: 888121651
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 642 pages :) : maps
Contents: Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Permissions; List of Illustrations; Prologue: Why The West?; Definitions; Chapter 1 Innovation in world civilization; Prehistory; The ancient Near East; The classical world; Ancient China; Other great civilizations; Astonishing human ingenuity; A latecomer; Chapter 2 Chronology; Chapter 2 Medieval transformations; Agricultural revolution; The rise of feudal society; Urban revolution; Technological innovations; Commercial revolution; Construction boom; Literary flowering; Women's social status; The Divine Comedy and medieval culture; Music and art. Chapter 3 ChronologyChapter 3 Papal Revolution; The early church; The Western church; Reform builds; Revolutions in the church; Revolutions in learning; Revolutions in the law; The investiture conflict; Spiritual revolutions in the church; Political revolutions in Christendom; Chapter 4 Chronology; Chapter 4 Military revolutions; Ancient and early medieval warfare; Medieval warfare; European arms race; Infantry revolution; War and the origins of representative government; Gunpowder revolution; Revolution in the nature and scale of war; Chapter 5 Chronology; Chapter 5 Discovery of the world. MigrationsInternal colonization; The Crusades; World travelers; Global traders; Seafarers and explorers; Conquerors; Chapter 6 Chronology; Chapter 6 Explosion of the printed word; Icon, token, symbol; Papyrus, scroll, codex; Libraries; The printing revolution; Publishing boom; Chapter 7 Chronology; Chapter 7 The Reformation; The Renaissance; Worldly theologians; Voices from below; Luther; Social and political transformations; Christendom shattered; The foundations of modern rights; Chapter 8 Chronology; Chapter 8 Scientific revolutions; Ancient and medieval roots; Methods and approaches. Life scienceCosmology; Demystifying nature: Chemistry and electricity; The Enlightenment; The dark side of modern science; Chapter 9 Chronology; Chapter 9 Commercial revolutions; Commodity fetishes; Agricultural revolution; Pooling resources; The banking revolution; Spreading risk; Sharing information; Chapter 10 Chronology; Chapter 10 Political revolutions; Foundations of liberty; Early European self-government; The English revolutions; The American Revolution; France and the revolutionary tradition; Chapter 11 Chronology; Chapter 11 Industrial Revolution; Accumulation of resources. Perfect conditionsScholarly disputes; Chains of innovation; Diffusion; Chapter 12 Chronology; Chapter 12 Technological Revolution; Food production; Harnessing thunderbolts; Flashes of inspiration; Explosions in a box; Revolutions in chemistry; Electronics and information revolutions; Chapter 13 Chronology; Chapter 13 Crises of the West; Imperialism; World War I; Totalitarian ideologies; World War II; The Cold War; Chapter 14 Chronology; Chapter 14 Social Revolutions; The revolutionary middle class; Bringing in one-half of humanity; Living like lords and ladies; Ending discrimination.
Responsibility: Jonathan Daly.

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The West's history is one of extraordinary success; no other region, empire, culture, or civilization has left so powerful a mark upon the world. The Rise of Western Power charts the West's achievements-representative government, the free enterprise system, modern science, and the rule of law-as well as its misdeeds-two frighteningly destructive World Wars, the Holocaust, imperialistic domination, and the Atlantic slave trade. Adopting a global perspective, Jonathan Daly explores the contributions of other cultures and civilizations to the West's emergence. Historical, geographical, and cultur.

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As a story of innovation and achievements in the history of the West, this is a fine book, with many insightful passages and interesting details. -- Professor John R. McNeill Reviews in History There Read more...

 
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