Why the West Rules--for Now

Why the West Rules--for Now

The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future

Book - 2010
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Archaeologist and historian Ian Morris explains that Western dominance is largely the result of the effects of geography on the everyday efforts of ordinary people as they deal with crises of resources, disease, migration, and climate. As geography and human ingenuity continue to interact, however, the world over the next hundred years will subsequently change in astonishing ways, transforming Western rule in the process.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374290023
Characteristics: xiii, 750 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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Jun 08, 2011

A very substantial book. Goes beyond superficial comparisons. The author constructs a system for comparison that seems practical and uses it as a guideline. One contention is that the individual who invents historical changes is a product of social, geograhpic and more factors. He sees the future as a race between what he calls "singularity' and "nightfall'.


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