Civilization: The West & the Rest
Niall is also the author of “The Ascent of Money” and the host of the BBC documentary series of the same name.
The Petroleum Club
Monday, December 3, 2012
The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours.
Yet six hundred years ago, it was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed?
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