The dominant civilization
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.