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Civilization: A New History of the Western World

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Great and complete information about the impact of events in wes

    Great and complete information about the impact of events in western civilization. This book is my guide to understand and reflect 
    about history, without personal bias . The information about the importance of Rome in all the aspects of history is
    remarkable.
    The point about the absence of discussion of the impact of Rome on westerner Europe in its historical importance, is
    a excellent observation.                                                                                                                                                                                       

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    One of few general histories of western civ available

    I found this while searching for a book for teaching high school honors English students. They take a two year survey of western literature; I sought a history text that would give them background. The reason I've settled on Civiization is because the following: it covers all the periods; it's very readable; it's very recent, as is its tone; its purpose is to provide a historical narrative rather than to argue a specific interpretation. I would have read it for fun anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    The Towering Lighthouse of the West

    Civilization a New History of the Western World relates the birth and development of what is known as the western civilization or culture. The author, Roger Osborne, starts his examination of the western world with prehistoric Europe and ends up with the post 9-11 world in less than 500 pages. To his credit, Osborne gives new insights in the spiritual, intellectual, social, and artistic life of the western world. Some insights clearly challenge what some readers have learned in school. Osborne rightly emphasizes that the history of the western civilization has had its ups and downs. History has never been a straight line, but a work in progress. Osborne clearly shows that the Western world tends to consider itself as the lighthouse that wants to bring western values to the rest of humanity regardless of the different views of the local populations on these western values. Osborne repeatedly deplores the tendency for the West to advertise its modus operandi as the best form of organization and its willingness to use force to exact it. Osborne does not seem to fully accept the reality that the ideas that have conquered the world, more specifically capitalism and democracy, emanate from the West. Furthermore, war is as inevitable as death because the modern state aims to be as efficient as possible to wage war when the opportunity arises to maximize its chance of survival and prosperity. Globalization forces more and more non-western countries to adapt to the western imperative that has proven to be the most successful, at least with respect to the political and economic arenas.

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