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Civilization by Niall Ferguson
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Mar 12, 2012

bookshelves: history

Muddled, tautological. Ferguson defines the West according to the qualities he wants it to have, and then -- surprise! -- discovers those very qualities in it. In reality, European triumphs in different regions did not always result from the same set of factors, and the truth is more complicated than such simplistic reductions.

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