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The Victory of Reason by Rodney Stark
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Jul 24, 2009

really liked it

A very interesting history/analysis of the West's rise to power.

Update (7/24/09). I upgraded this book from 3 stars to 4 because I continually come back to this book's explanation of how the fall of Rome contributed to a rise in productivity through technological innovation precisely because of the resulting decentralization in power. People, no longer afraid of the government taking their profits, were able to reinvest them into their vocations.

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message 1: by John (last edited Jul 28, 2009 09:35PM) (new)

John Pendergraft Luis,

This book is truly wonderful. Stark's explanation of how the Christian monastery system was not only the glue that held civilation togethor but also a central component in the development of what we now call Capitalism was informative and a great encouragement. Great read. You encourage me to pick it up and read it again

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