Civilization: The West and the Rest

Civilization: The West and the Rest

by Niall Ferguson
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Civilization 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The point of this book is not to say that the west is innocent, but rather that the same criticisms of the west were happening everywhere else in the world. We are taught (incorrectly) that the ills of the west have created the modern problems of the world. Slavery was happening in every country in the world, so was genocide, so was paternalism. All of that without the western influence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ferguson had done an excellent job explaining the rise of Europe to global power and its decline. Concurrently, the rise of the United States and China are equally included as well. Although one may disagree with Ferguson' s thesis, readers will surely find the work thought provoking and not easy to dismiss. Should be read in conjuction with and as a counter to Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting take on history. I was most fasinated by his critique of American Protestantism and it's historical influence. Clearly not a politically correct rendering of history and tilted toward British & American prominance I found it very interesting and well written. Agree or disagree there is a lot of truth in this book. It will offend conservatives and particularly liberals as well as Kensians and particularly followers of Hayek.
Gilly-BN More than 1 year ago
Both pessimistic and hopeful at the same time.
Klapauzius More than 1 year ago
If you are an anglophile and like the Queen and 5o'clock tea, then you might be delighted by this book, which praises above all, the great British civilization. If you were hoping to find a well written explanation about the ascendance of western civilization, you will be disappointed. 1) The author does not really stay on the message. In discussions of his so called "killer applications" of western civilization (which of course were all invented by the English), he digresses into unrelated historical anecdotes, which having nothing to do with the topic he set out to discuss 2) There are many factual errors in the text, which undermine the overall argument. Some mind boggling correlations are made, e.g. number of hours worked per year (i.e. "work ethic"), e.g. more Protestants = more hours worked, which he then applies to countries like China, Taiwan and South Korea (10%, 4.5%, 18% of the respective population). 3) Finally, he does seem to contradict himself in some places, e.g. in the discussion of medicine, he equates belief in eugenics with the belief in man-made global warming, later on, global warming is discussed as a key threat to western civilization. Religion is presented as stalling one of his "killer apps", science, only to be later portrayed as the essence of "killer app" work ethic. Overall, a disappointing read and ultimately only cannon fodder for the anti-westerners. Not worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He knocked another one out of the park. He is one of the best.
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Enjoyable read. Pact w historical facts from where Ferguson draws insightful conclutons
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Ok *smiles* bye ily
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love one direction
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you take out all the genocide, greed, hypocrisy,paternalism and brutality then the story of the "West" really is a fairy tale.