In this vital, brilliant book, Niall Ferguson reveals the six ‘killer applications’ that the Rest lacked: competition, science, property rights, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. And he asks: do we still have these winning tools? Or is this the end of Western ascendancy?
In 1412, Europe was a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war, while the Orient was home to dazzling civilizations. Yet, somehow, the West came to dominate the Rest for most of the next half millennium.
History of Europe
From the Ice Age to the Cold War, from Reykjavik to the Volga, from Minos to Margaret Thatcher, Norman Davies here tells the entire story of Europe in a single volume. It is the most ambitious history of the continent ever undertaken.
The history of Europe covers the peoples inhabiting Europe from prehistory to the present.
The period known as classical antiquity began with the emergence of the city-states of ancient Greece. Later, the Roman Empire came to dominate the entire Mediterran
The history of the United Kingdom as a unified sovereign state began in 1707 with the political union of the kingdoms of England and Scotland, into a united kingdom called Great Britain. Of this new state the historian Simon Schama said:
What began as a h
Early modern Britain is the history of the island of Great Britain roughly corresponding to the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Major historical events in Early Modern British history include numerous wars, especially with France, along with the English Re
The history of the British Isles has witnessed intermittent periods of competition and cooperation between the people that occupy the various parts of [[Great Brit the smaller adjacent islands, which together make up the British Isles.
Today, the British I
Timelines of History makes the past accessible to all families, students, and the general reader.
Timelines of History takes readers through the history of cultures and nations around the world from the emergence of our earliest African ancestors to the present day. Dynamic timeline spreads, features on influential people, places, events and innovations, and easily accessible cross-references all build into a narrative that takes readers back and forth through time.
This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.
FIRE gave us power. FARMING made us hungry for more. MONEY gave us purpose. SCIENCE made us deadly. This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Hebrew: קיצור תולדות האנושות) is a book by Professor Yuval Noah Harari first published in Hebrew in Israel in 2011, and in English in 2014. Harari cites Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997) as one of the gr