Why the West Rules - For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal about the Future. Ian Morris

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Why did British boats shoot their way up the Yangzi in 1842, rather than Chinese ones up the Thames? Why do Easterners use English more than Europeans speak in Mandarin or Japanese? To put it bluntly, why does the West rule? There are two schools of thought: the OCyLong-Term Lock-InOCO theory, suggesting some sort of inevitability, and the OCyShort-Term AccidentOCO theory. But both approaches have misunderstood the shape of history. Ian Morris presents a startling new theory, drawing on thousands of years of history and ...

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El Lauro

Mar 17, 2011

Must reading, if one wants to learn--and learn from--history.

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