The dom­i­nant civ­i­liza­tion

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Civ­i­liza­tion: The West and the Rest Niall Fer­gu­son

Allen Lane (March 2011) $22.94

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Niall Fer­gu­son has ar­gued the rea­sons for the West’s dom­i­nance over the rest of the world as be­ing com­pe­ti­tion, sci­ence, democ­racy, medicine, con­sumerism and the work ethic. ‘ Civ­i­liza­tion’ takes readers on an ex­tra­or­di­nary jour­ney around the world - from the Grand Canal at Nan­jing to the Top­kapi Palace in Istanbul; from Machu Pic­chu in the An­des to Shark Is­land, Namibia; and, from the proud tow­ers of Prague to the se­cret churches of Wen­zhou. It is the story of sail­boats, mis­siles, land deeds, vac­cines, blue jeans and Chi­nese bi­bles. It is the defin­ing nar­ra­tive of mod­ern world his­tory.

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