Civilization: The West and the Rest


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DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOKS OF THE YEAR If in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe, you would have been most impressed by the dazzling civilizations of the Orient. The Forbidden City was under construction in Ming Beijing; in the Near East, the Ottomans were closing in on Constantinople. By contrast, England would have struck you as a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war. The other quarrelsome kingdoms of Western Europe - Aragon, Castile, France, Portugal and Scotland - ...

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Charles E. H

Feb 23, 2012


Ferguson parallels the work of Kennedy in the Rise and Fall of the Great Powers bringing us up to date. His style is breezy and a pleasure to read. I hope Dr. Ferguson will expand his discourse to include the incorporation of women in society and the place of music and art as dimensions of culture. A very good read.

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