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Why the West Rules—for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future

Why the West Rules—for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future

Describing the patterns of human history, the archaeologist and historian Ian Morris offers surprising new answers to both questions. It is not, he reveals, differences of race or culture, or even the strivings of great individuals, that explain Western dominance. It is the effects of geography on the everyday efforts of ordinary people as they deal with crises of resources, disease, migration, and climate. As geography and human ingenuity continue to interact, the world will change in astonishing ways, transforming Western rule in the process.

Introduction

Part I

Chapter 1: Before East and West

Chapter 2: The West Takes the Lead

Chapter 3: Taking the Measure of the Past

Part II

Chapter 4: The East Catches Up

Chapter 5: Neck and Neck

Chapter 6: Decline and Fall

Chapter 7: The Eastern Age

Chapter 8: Going Global

Chapter 9: The West Catches Up

Chapter 10: The Western Age

Part III

Chapter 11: Why the West Rules …

Chapter 12: … For Now

Appendix: On Social Development

Notes

Bibliography