The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community
The Rise of the West, winner of the National Book Award for history in 1964, is famous for its ambitious scope and intellectual rigor. In it, McNeill challenges the Spengler-Toynbee view that a number of separate civilizations pursued essentially independent careers, and argues instead that human cultures interacted at every stage of their history. The author suggests that...more
McNeill is the first one ever to have written a really global world-history (Spengler and Toynbee before him were just speculative theories). Above all, I appreciated his extensive elaboration on the Middle East ...more
McNeill's panoramic view of history is cut from the same cloth: cultural in continuous clash with political and societal priorities often at odds with pressure building up like a tectonic fault. McNeill sees the interactions and tensions of intermixed peoples pouring out of the steppes for centuries and j ...more
It should be noted that while he calls the book "Rise of the West," he covers India, China, and the Americas as well. In fact, this is one of the best books I've eve ...more
A brief survey of ...more
Для меня книга расставила многие исторические события по своим местам. Кто такие шумеры, почему одни цивилизации вытеснялись другими, влияние политики, экономики и культуры на восхождение западной Европы и т.д.
Книга написана простым и понятным языком. ...more