Why the West Rules-for Now: The Patterns of History & What They Reveal About the Future
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 Westâ��s rise to power in the nineteenth century, and the development of computers and nuclear weapons in the twentieth century secured
Five years later an archaeologist, Ian Morris, wrote another history book (for the general reader!) called Why the West Rules — for Now. Building on Diamond’s thesis, Morris laid out his own, more comprehensive view of...more
The competition that East and West have been pursuing for so long, Morris warns, is about to be disrupted by some powerful forces. Nuclear proliferation, population growth, global epidemics and climate change are in the process of radically altering old historical patterns. “We are approaching the greatest discontinuity in history,” he says.After hu...more
I have mixed feelings about the scale of Morris' ambition, though. Or maybe just his framing.
He seems like he very much wants to the scholar who has *the* theory that explains why Europe came from behind to zoom past China in the last couple centuries, but to some extent the explanation is "civilizations face crises, if they are lucky they aren't that deep...more
My one-liner: Quite simply the best popular history book you will ever read. Astounding survey of historical forces that have shaped today’s world.
At the top of the front cover of this book, there is the following quote from Niall Ferguson: “The nearest thing to a unified field theory of history we are ever likely to see”. That is not far off the mark, and it would be impossible to do justice to the breathtaking breadth covered by this...more
His writing is wonderful. I felt as though I had a firm grasp on the big picture throughout the entire book. His tone is conversational and he interjects very mild humor where appropriate. As someone who has not...more
Niall Ferguson's cover quote might be a bit over the top - "The nearest thing to a unified field theory of history we are ever likely to get" but definitely worth a read if you're into ide...more
#1 non-fiction book of 2010 for me
This gives a nice overview of the rise and expansion of various proto-states in China, then Empires, Dynasties and the ebb a...more
Kitaptan Alıntılar ve Sentezler:
-TARİH, UZUN VADELİ KİLİTLENME etkilerinin (İKLİM-COĞRAFYA-KÜLTÜR) ve KISA VADELİ RASTLANTILARIN (1690'da Orange'lı Williams, omuzunu teğet geçen kurşunla ölseydi İngiltere Katolik kalırdı) BİLEŞİMİNDEN oluşur.
-KADIN üzerinden aktarılan genetik özelliklerin takibi MİTOKONDRİAL DNA, ERKEK üzerinden aktarılanlar ise Y KROMOZOMUNDAKİ ÇEKİRDEK DNA incelemeleri ile yapılmaktadır artık ve...more
The further I get away from it, the more critical I get. The reason I'm getting more critical as I consider it is I think he takes geographical determinism too far. Despite endorsing the aphorism, "it's maps, not chaps," Morris is not entirely saying that geography is destiny. He does acknowledge that the meaning of geography changes over time (meaning mostly changes with technolo...more
More than a history, this book provides the causal effects of why history unrolled as it did blending the disciplines of history, archeology, sociology, psychology and economics. Even the fields of biology and physics were brought to bear in explaining mankind's growing requirements for energy by tracing these back to hunter-gatherers (following the last ice age) and following the change through to the present.
Obviously, for the title of the book to be explored, one m...more
The books final chapter is particularly interesting as he states that the nex...more
The author creates a scoring system to rate civilizations based on city size, military capability, organization, etc. This gives a really neat pictorial representation of history - seeing the Romans, Chinese, Dark Ages, Industrial Revolution, etc. as peaks and valleys on a graph is incredibly cool. He has a lot to say on each...more