Summary of Civilization

The West and the Rest

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Civilization book summary
Think the imperialistic, colonizing West is evil? Think again.

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Europeans and Americans have taken some shots in recent decades. Even the most patriotic Westerner feels some self-doubt about a history that includes slavery and imperialism. But here comes Harvard professor and historian Niall Ferguson to offer a bracing pep talk, shouting: “We’re the best thing that ever happened to the world!” Ferguson argues that European and North American dominance was a gift to the globe, particularly when the alternatives were the then-stagnant cultures of China, Japan and the Muslim-dominated Middle East. While acknowledging the two great sins of the Western world – slavery and Nazism – he puts a brave face on everything else. Even the 20th-century Western invention of “total war” produced progress because it spawned so many medical advances. Ferguson is deliberately provocative and sometimes rambles, but he is always compelling. getAbstract recommends his fresh perspective on history and his entertaining rebuke of political correctness about the “West and the Rest.”

In this summary, you will learn

  • How civilizations evolved differently in the “West and the Rest” of the world
  • Why the West gained a bad reputation
  • How six “killer apps” enabled European culture to dominate the world for centuries
 

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About the Author

Harvard University historian and professor Niall Ferguson’s numerous previous books include Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Cash Nexus, Empire and The Ascent of Money.


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    Мартин Рутковский 1 year ago
    You can be translated into Russian ?
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      Anna Barshay 1 year ago
      Уважаемый читатель,
      Предлагаем Вам познакомиться с изложениями других книг на ту же тему:
      - Потерянный Запад. Пятьдесят лет экономической недальновидности – и тяжелый выбор в будущем
      - Почему Запад пока еще правит миром. Прогнозирование будущего на основе исторических закономерностей
      - Полушарие Новая Азия

      Мы будем Вам признательны, если Вы поделитесь с нами своими идеями о том, что включить в нашу русскую библиотеку, на специальной странице "Предложите книгу".

      Русская редакция getAbstract
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    LUIS GUILLERMO FREYRE AGUDELO . 2 years ago
    Me pareció una excelente recomendación. Una visión muy interesante de occidente a lo largo de varios siglos y su comparación con medio oriente y Asia.

    Veo que el libro en Amazon cuesta US$11.31 Pero vale la pena

    Disfruté mucho el resumen
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    Ogbo George 3 years ago
    Its interesting reading this.it has refreshed memory of the past. I like this.
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    Guest 3 years ago
    I think pure competition on an equal playing field paired with a generous portion of open mindedness is a universal recipe for progress, no matter where or when.

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