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Civilization: The West and the Rest (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Niall Ferguson (Author)

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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.
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Title:Civilization: The West and the Rest
Authors:Niall Ferguson (Author)
Info:Penguin Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, 22 pages
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Really I give this book 3.5 stars. There are a lot of interesting ideas in it and a lot of good history lessons, many of which I was not previously familiar. However, at times this book was a difficult slog. The author goes off on tangents that don't have a clear connection to the point of the chapter or at least take too long to get to the point. The last few chapters were better, maybe because they dealt with more recent history, which is more interesting to me. ( )
  3njennn | Nov 25, 2018 |
I taught this book in a Western Civ class and the students enjoyed it more than a textbook. It's a bit too long--it could easily lose 50 pages--but that's no crime. What's interesting is what he selects to prove the validity of each of the apps. For example, in the chapter on medicine, he writes about French v. German imperialism in Africa. Another writer might have simply offered a 60-page history of medicine in miniature, starting with Aristotle. Ferguson acknowledges--in print, no less--that Western civilization is not entirely the dark satanic mill that its critics suggest, and does so in mostly engaging, although sometimes discursive, prose. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
Prima parte e interesanta și încearcă sa răspundă intrebării de ce vestul a luat așa un avans economic fata de orient. Dar pe măsură ce avansează se pierde încet încet pana când devine doar o enumerare de evenimente desperecheate. La războiul lui Napoleon m-a pierdut de tot. Am citit cam o treime doar. ( )
  Alfred.Faltiska | Aug 2, 2016 |
Very good analysis and historical information about the Chinese dynasties, western conquests and colonization of the rest of the world. The author wants to impress upon the reader that colonization was generally good and beneficial to the colonized and not only that, the anglo-saxon/protestant colonizers were better than their spanish and french counterparts.

Ah! what a lot of bunkum and balderdash. Colonization, forcibly occupying the lands of other people is a good thing is what the author is saying. The British occupation of India was one of the greatest catastrophes to have visited this gentle and peaceful land and peoples. The massive transfers of wealth from literally bankrupted bankrupted India. The other man made and preventable disasters such as the famine of 1943 that killed millions of people because Churchill diverted much needed food from the the people who most needed it and hundreds of such inhuman incidents.

Overall this book is a very huge brainwashing exercise to impress upon the reader about the benefits of anglo-saxon colonization.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
Very good analysis and historical information about the Chinese dynasties, western conquests and colonization of the rest of the world. The author wants to impress upon the reader that colonization was generally good and beneficial to the colonized and not only that, the anglo-saxon/protestant colonizers were better than their spanish and french counterparts.

Ah! what a lot of bunkum and balderdash. Colonization, forcibly occupying the lands of other people is a good thing is what the author is saying. The British occupation of India was one of the greatest catastrophes to have visited this gentle and peaceful land and peoples. The massive transfers of wealth from literally bankrupted bankrupted India. The other man made and preventable disasters such as the famine of 1943 that killed millions of people because Churchill diverted much needed food from the the people who most needed it and hundreds of such inhuman incidents.

Overall this book is a very huge brainwashing exercise to impress upon the reader about the benefits of anglo-saxon colonization.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
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The reheated Weberism – a sign of Ferguson’s nostalgia for the intellectual certainties of the summer of 1914 – turns into another lament for Western civilisation, whose decline is proclaimed everywhere by the fact that the churches are empty, taxes on our wealth are high, the ‘thrifty asceticism’ of Protestants of yore has been lost, and ‘empire has become a dirty word.’
 
It reads very assuredly on high finance – Ferguson's true field. (He came into imperial history accidentally – invited, again, by TV.) For anyone expecting an imperialist rant – Ferguson has a certain reputation along these lines – the chapter that covers colonial Africa will come as a surprise. Africa "brought out the destructive worst in Europeans . . . The rapid dissolution of the European empires in the postwar years appeared to be a just enough sentence".
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