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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 Ferguso Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.