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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (788 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Morris Narrator: Antony Ferguson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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Sometime 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 20th century secured its global supremacy.

Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, many worry that the emerging economic 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 200 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 not, 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 50,000 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 - not 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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/25/2014

    " An amazing reframing of history and sociology by a professional archaeologist. Morris attempts to quantify the abstract idea of "social development" in terms of energy consumption, information technology, and warmaking skills. In doing so, he convincingly equates the Roman Empire in Europe with the ancient Song Empire in China, explains why both empires fell, and goes on to to tell how China almost started the Industrial Revolution. The final chapter is sure to strike fear into the heart of anyone who takes modern advanced societies for granted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Overl0rd | 1/8/2014

    " Great historic, sociologic and anthropologic analysis of the western and eastern hemispheres, during both recorded and unrecorded history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 12/31/2013

    " Narrating the scope of human history is an impressive undertaking, more impressive still is Morris's graceful execution. I absolutely loved the interdisciplinary approach the author takes, and respect his attempt to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative methods in his research. This book provides a great model for future scholarship to tackle similarly large research questions. Truly enlightening read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/15/2013

    " Ian Morris was one of my favorite professors in school and this book follows a similar pattern as his lectures- lively and narrative. I particularly enjoyed the historical tracking of social development through time, although the predictive aspects were interesting to think about as well. This book was both substantiative and a fun read, that I would recommend to anyone with an interest in the motivators of world history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/24/2013

    " Interesting but depressing - humans are, have been and will always be horrible, and we are heading towards either Nightfall or the Matrix. Also spooky is how his 'horsemen of the apocalypse' seem to be very present every time I look at world news. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sigmund Brouwer | 11/24/2013

    " My preference is to write reviews of books that I can recommend as 5-star choices. This, of course, is one of them. I can't imagine how many years it took to research and write this fast-reading and lively overview of world history; for those of us who read this book, we have literally borrowed all this time from someone else, because we can absorb his efforts in a matter of hours, and those hours are supremely worth it. From the opening that had my jaw dropping until I realized what was happening, all the way through to the sobering conclusion, I enjoyed insight after insight about human nature and the course of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Gorski | 10/31/2013

    " Fascinating text book. What I mean by that is that this is no quick read, popular history of the world type thing but a legitimate and scholarly work that is very readable but does take time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy b | 10/25/2013

    " i just started reading and immediately got sucked in....... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah J. | 6/19/2013

    " So far, it's a big fat book with big fat ideas. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Lascelles | 2/25/2013

    " One of the main influences as to why I wrote a short world history. This book is fascinating, really easy to read and sets a sweeping majestic tone for world history. One of my favourite books and highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alvin Dulcan | 12/8/2012

    " Fantastic follow-up to Guns germs and steel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane Walker | 7/31/2011

    " I admit to getting bored with this book and not finishing it. There are plenty of books on the same theme. Morris has come up with his own system of rating social development. But after that I felt that it was adding nothing to such works as "Guns, Germs and Steel". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy b | 3/2/2011

    " i just started reading and immediately got sucked in....... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/29/2011

    " Not a beach read, but if you think you'd be into this sort of book, you probably will be into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 1/25/2011

    "
    I glanced at this. The counterfactuals are great, with Britain forced to sign an unequal treaty with China. Also, the Chinese conquer Tenochtitlan, not the Spanish.

    A good, serious, thoughtful work of World History. The author's background is Greek Archeology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tcollins | 1/16/2011

    " A great historical perspective. Whether one agrees with the quantification of social progress or not, this is certainly a good read. "

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About the Author

Ian 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. He lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California.

About the Narrator

Antony Ferguson was born in London. He has performed successfully on both sides of the Atlantic and has played many leading roles in theater, film, and television. He has over fifty audiobooks to his credit and is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.