Why the West Rules—For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal about the Future Ian Morris

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Why the West Rules—For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal about the Future by Ian Morris
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Why did British boats shoot their way up the Yangzi in 1842, rather than Chinese ones up the Thames? Why do Easterners use English more than Europeans speak in Mandarin or Japanese? To put it bluntly, why does the West rule? There are two schools ofMoreWhy did British boats shoot their way up the Yangzi in 1842, rather than Chinese ones up the Thames? Why do Easterners use English more than Europeans speak in Mandarin or Japanese?

To put it bluntly, why does the West rule? There are two schools of thought: the Long-Term Lock-In theory, suggesting some sort of inevitability, and the Short-Term Accident theory. But both approaches have misunderstood the shape of history.Ian Morris presents a startling new theory, drawing on thousands of years of history and archaeology, and the methods of social science. He explains with flair and authority why the paths of development differed in the East and West and – also analysing a vicious twist in trajectories just ahead of us – when the Wests lead will come to an end.



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