Why the West Rules – For Now

Why the West Rules - for Now Book Cover Why the West Rules - for Now
Ian Morris
History
Profile Books(GB)
2011
750

In the middle of the eighteenth century, British entrepreneurs unleashed the astounding energies of steam and coal and the world changed forever. Factories, railways and gunboats then propelled the West's rise to power, and computers and nuclear weapons in the twentieth century secured its global supremacy. Today, however, many worry that the emergence of China and India spell the end of the West as a superpower.How long will the power of the West last? In order to find out we need to know: why has the West been so dominant for the past two hundred years?With flair and authority, historian and achaeologist Ian Morris draws uniquely on 15,000 years of history to offer fresh insights on what the future will bring. Deeply researched and brilliantly argued, Why The West Rules - For Now is a gripping and truly original history of the world.

This is one of the most meaningful and powerful books I have ever read. It covers a broad sweep of my interests in history, anthropology, politics and economics.

The arguments put forward are powerful and convincingly argued. The factual and analytical support is outstanding. The level of analysis suggests the possibility of a realistic modelling of social behaviour in the near future. Therefore it is an inspiring book because it offers hope.

I read this book over the Summer and it definitely made me think hard about the likely future. It reconfirms in my mind that the things we most need to focus on are the classic “liberal” issues of:

  • Universal education to at least senior secondary level
  • Solve the current and escalating energy crises
  • Establish more equitable income distribution as a world goal