How have Westerners dominated the global economy for several centuries? And is this dominance ending? Harvard professor Niall Ferguson explores these questions in this intelligent TED Talk. He attributes the West’s success not to imperialism or geography as some experts propose, but to “six killer apps,” or differentiating philosophies. getAbstract believes Ferguson’s presentation will ignite discourse among economists, anthropologists and historians.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why the West surpassed the rest of the world,
- Which “six killer apps” caused this disparity and
- What the globe’s economic future holds.
About the Speaker
Niall Ferguson is a professor of history at Harvard University.