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Author Ferguson, Niall.
Title Civilization : the West and the rest / Niall Ferguson.
Imprint New York : Penguin Press, 2011.
Edition First American edition.

Author Ferguson, Niall.
Subject Civilization, Western.
World politics.
International relations -- History.
Hegemony -- History.
Description xxx, 402 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color), portraits (some color), charts ; 24 cm
Edition First American edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 348-378) and index.
Contents Rassela's question -- Competition -- Two rivers -- The eunuch and the unicorn -- The spice race -- The mediocre kingdom -- Science -- The siege -- Micrographia -- Osman and Fritz -- Tanzimat tours -- From Istanbul to Jerusalem -- Property -- New worlds -- Land of the free -- American revolutions -- The fate of the Gullahs -- Medicine -- Burke's prophecy -- The Jiggernaut of war -- Médecins sans frontières -- The skulls of Shark Island -- Black shame -- Consumption -- The birth of the consumer society -- Turning western -- Ragtime to riches -- The jeans genie -- Pyjamas and scarves -- Work -- Work ethic and work ethic -- Get your kicks -- The Chinese Jerusalem -- Lands of unbelief -- The end of days? -- Conclusion : the rivals.
Summary A history of Western civilization's rise to global dominance offers insight into the development of such concepts as competition, modern medicine, and the work ethic, arguing that Western dominance is being lost to cultures who are more productively utilizing Western techniques.
"The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? In Civilization: The West and the Rest, bestselling author Niall Ferguson argues that, beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts that the Rest lacked: competition, science, the rule of law, consumerism, modern medicine, and the work ethic. These were the "killer applications" that allowed the West to leap ahead of the Rest, opening global trade routes, exploiting newly discovered scientific laws, evolving a system of representative government, more than doubling life expectancy, unleashing the Industrial Revolution, and embracing a dynamic work ethic. Civilization shows just how fewer than a dozen Western empires came to control more than half of humanity and four fifths of the world economy"--Provided by publisher.
ISBN 9781594203053
9781101548028 (electronic bk.)
1101548029 (electronic bk.)
9781101547298 (electronic bk.)
1101547294 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 707969111
Additional Format Online version: Ferguson, Niall. Civilization : the West and the rest. 1st American ed. New York : Penguin Press, 2011 9781101548028 (OCoLC)767533362
Table of Contents
 List of Illustrationsix
 List of Mapsxii
 List of Figuresxiii
 Preface to the UK Editionxv
 Introduction: Rasselas's Question1
 Two Rivers20
 The Eunuch and the Unicorn26
 The Spice Race33
 The Mediocre Kingdom44
 The Siege50
 Osman and Fritz71
 Tanzimat Tours85
 From Istanbul to Jerusalem90
 New Worlds96
 Land of the Free103
 American Revolutions115
 The Fate of the Gullahs129
 Burke's Prophecy142
 The Juggernaut of War157
 Medecins Sans Frontieres168
 The Skulls of Shark Island175
 Black Shame185
 The Birth of the Consumer Society196
 Turning Western218
 Ragtime to Riches227
 The Jeans Genie240
 Pyjamas and Scarves252
 Work Ethic and Word Ethic256
 Get your Kicks265
 The Chinese Jerusalem277
 Lands of Unbelief288
 The End of Days?291
 Conclusion: The Rivals295

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