Civilization : the west and the rest / Niall Ferguson
- Ferguson, Niall
- London ; New York : Allen Lane, 2011.
- Physical Description:
- xxx, 402 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), charts, maps ; 24 cm
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Competition -- Two Rivers -- The Eunuch and the Unicorn -- The Spice Race -- The Mediocre Kingdom -- 2.Science -- The Siege -- Micrographia -- Osman and Fritz -- Tanzimat Tours -- From Istanbul to Jerusalem -- 3.Property -- New Worlds -- Land of the Free -- American Revolutions -- The Fate of the Gullahs -- 4.Medicine -- Burke's Prophecy -- The Juggernaut of War -- Medecins Sans Frontieres -- The Skulls of Shark Island -- Black Shame -- 5.Consumption -- The Birth of the Consumer Society -- Turning Western -- Ragtime to Riches -- The Jeans Genie -- Pyjamas and Scarves -- 6.Work -- Work Ethic and Word Ethic -- Get your Kicks -- The Chinese Jerusalem -- Lands of Unbelief -- The End of Days?.
- What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six "killer applications"?that the Rest lacked: competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 348-378) and index.
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