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- DescriptionSometime around 1750, English entrepreneurs unleashed the astounding energies of steam and coal, and the world was forever changed. The emergence of factories, railroads, and gunboats propelled the West's rise to power in the nineteenth century, and the development of computers and nuclear weapons in the twentieth century secured its global supremacy. Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, many worry that the emerging ecomic power of China and India spells the end of the West as a superpower. In order to understand this possibility, we need to look back in time. Why has the West dominated the globe for the past two hundred years, and will its power last?Describing the patterns of human history, the archaeologist and historian Ian Morris offers surprising new answers to both questions. It is t, he reveals, differences of race or culture, or even the strivings of great individuals that explain Western dominance. It is 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, the world will change in astonishing ways, transforming Western rule in the process.Deeply researched and brilliantly argued, Why the West Rules--for Now spans fifty thousand years of history and offers fresh insights on nearly every page. The book brings together the latest findings across disciplines--from ancient history to neuroscience--t only to explain why the West came to rule the world but also to predict what the future will bring in the next hundred years.
- Author BiographyIan Morris is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and a professor of history at Stanford University. He has published a number of scholarly books, including The Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World, The Dynamics of Ancient Empires, Death-Ritual and Social Structure in Classical Antiquity, and Burial and Ancient Society. He has also directed excavations in Greece and Italy. Ian lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. Antony Ferguson is a native of London, England. He is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off Broadway, and Regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit and was recommended by the All About Romance Web site as one of the best male narrators at performing female characters. He lives in Los Angeles.
- PrizesWinner of PEN Center USA Awards: Research Nonfiction Category 2011.
- Author(s)Ian Morris
- PublisherTantor Media, Inc
- Date of Publication29/11/2010
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationOld Saybrook, CT
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTantor Media, Inc
- Weight74 g
- Width135 mm
- Height190 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Narrator(s)Antony Ferguson
- Format DetailsMP3 format
- Running Time1530
- Edition StatementUnabridged
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