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- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 1, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0061YX21I
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He points out that it really makes little difference which particular civilization is the dominant one from time to time. The successful ones will always have incorporated the most civilly advanced concepts.
Ferguson is a man of tremendous scholarship which he carries lightly and easily. There is not a single page in his writing of academic heaviness, obscurity or dullness. His writing style is always easy to read and always attractive enough to persuade you effortlessly to look forward to the next page. This in itself qualifies him for a Five Star Award.
The guts of the book answers basic questions such as: Why did modern civilization happen in the West and not elsewhere? What has been the effect of religion on civilization? Is Western civilization now in decline? How does modern industrialized China compare with the West?
I (a retired Engineer) found the book to be altogether delightful reading and would strongly recommend it to anyone - especially those from the Third World - interested in the basic questions mentioned above. Don't be frigtened off by 400 pages, including notes, bibliography and
index. The book has some fine illustrations, maps, graphs and photographs.
1. Competition between European countries.
2. The Scientific Revolution
3. The rule of law and representative government
4. Modern medicine
5. The consumer society
6. The work ethic
It's amazing how many words he can use to describe those six items.
Very good read, especially if you haven't read exhaustively on the topic.