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Why the West rules--for now : the patterns of history, and what they reveal about the future

  title={Why the West rules--for now : the patterns of history, and what they reveal about the future},
  author={Ian D. Morris},
Why does the West rule? Eminent Stanford polymath Ian Morris answers this provocative question, drawing uniquely on 20,000 years of history and archaeology, and the methods of social science. 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 of thought: the ‘Long-Term Lock In’ theory, suggesting some… 
History, Archaeology and Cultural Comparison
Ian Morris’s Why the West Rules – for Now (2010) is a brilliant book, dealing with Eurasian history from the first civilisations to the present. It takes an intermediate position in the famous debate
Beyond East and West: Reorienting Political Theory through the Prism of Modernity
While critiquing the dominance of the Western tradition in the discipline of political theory, recent methodological discussions in Comparative Political Theory (CPT) fail to move beyond the
Introduction: Constructing Juvenile Delinquency in a Global Context
The division between East and West has been one of the most important structuring principles used to make sense of the world both today and in the past. Historically, it has been most commonly
Pacifying Leviathan: Back to basics in peace-building out of conflict
This thesis focuses critically on contemporary theory and practice of peace-building where there has been conflict. The commonality of the resumption of violence after peace processes in many recent
The greatest showman on earth: Is Simon Cowell P.T. Barnum reborn?
Purpose – Simon Cowell, the impresario behind The X Factor, a popular television talent show, has often been compared to P.T. Barnum, the legendary nineteenth century showman. This paper aims to
Globalization in Historical Perspective
  • D. Nayyar
  • Political Science
    The Palgrave Handbook of Development Economics
  • 2019
The object of this chapter is to analyse the implications and consequences of globalization for development situated in its historical perspective. There have been many waves of globalization in the
Global Governance over the Long Haul
Wilkinson and Weiss (WW (ii) identifying and explaining both the largest structures of authority in any epoch as well as their interaction with more local systems; (iii) focusing our attention on
A New Wave of Research on Civilizational Politics
Abstract A new wave of scholarship has made major advances in how we understand the politics of civilizational identity by drawing powerfully from conceptual tools developed over the years to study
The Prospects of Global History: Personal Reflections of an Old Believer
  • Peer Vries
  • History
    International Review of Social History
  • 2019
Global history seems to be the history for our times. Huge syntheses such as the seven-volume Cambridge World History or the six-volume A History of the World suggest the field has come to fruition.
For over two centuries Europe and its cultural extensions have dominated the world economically, culturally and politically. The great colonial empires that emerged in the in the 16
th and 17 th centuries and were consolidated in the 19 th century, along with the “de-industrialization” of what became the Third World, that accompanied it, were the most visible element of that