Civilization: The Six Killer Apps of Western Power

Niall Ferguson


Civilization: The Six Killer Apps of Western Power

Civilization: The Six Killer Apps of Western Power

  • Title: Civilization: The Six Killer Apps of Western Power
  • Author: Niall Ferguson
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Western civilization s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuriesHow did the West overtake its Eastern rivals And has the zenith of Western power now passed Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts, or killer applications coWestern civilization s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuriesHow did the West overtake its Eastern rivals And has the zenith of Western power now passed Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts, or killer applications competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic that the Rest lacked, allowing it to surge past all other competitors.Yet now, Ferguson shows how the Rest have downloaded the killer apps the West once monopolized, while the West has literally lost faith in itself Chronicling the rise and fall of empires alongside clashes and fusions of civilizations, Civilization The West and the Rest recasts world history with force and wit Boldly argued and teeming with memorable characters, this is Ferguson at his very best.


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THE ACTUAL REVIEW AS OPPOSED TO THE COMPLAINT ABOUT THE TITLENiall Ferguson is exhausting. He leaps, darts, pirhouettes, swandives, uses statistics as Molotov cocktails, he quotes, he hectors, he nudges, he booms, he hollers, he balances, he bulldozes, his book is like 500 years of history considered as a switchback ride, most of which is spent upside down going at 120 miles per hour. The argument of this book is clear. NF wishes to explain why the West dominated the Rest for the last 500 years, [...]

Ferguson’s latest book, grandiosely entitled “Civilization”, is a vapid, meandering, and mostly pointless effort that falls woefully short of its ambitious goals. His stated intention is to explain the rise of “the West” from the 15th century backwater that was pre-renaissance Europe to the utterly dominant powers they became in the 19th and 20th centuries. Not only does he offer no novel explanation or nuanced interpretation, but his very answer is incoherent, disorganized, and downri [...]

This is a story that can be told in many ways. It's history, a history of the European dominance in world affairs and the reasons for it. It's geopolitics told through Ferguson's prism which receives the vast record of European history during the last several hundred years and projects it into a patten. The West has dominated, he explains, because they differed from the Rest, or excelled while the Rest didn't, in 6 key areas: the spirit of competition, the scientific revolution in the West, stro [...]

I read everything this man writes that I can lay my hands on. He’s an opinionated, deeply informed, pungent, pugnacious, provocative and often surprising writer. On these scores, his latest book doesn’t disappoint.A companion volume to British television series of the same name, this trans-Atlantic historian (he teaches at Harvard and Oxford and this year at the London School of Economics) argues the West grew to world dominance because it embraced competition, the scientific revolution, the [...]

“In 1412, Europe was a miserable backwater, while the East was home to dazzling civilizations. So how did the West come to dominate the rest?”Ferguson has picked up competition, science, property rights, medicine, consumerism and work ethics as the reasons for the domination of West during last five centuries and supported his argument with ample historical evidences. This book is a proof for Ferguson’s ability to tell history in an interesting way: even with so much of historical informat [...]

It's not a good sign when you spend an entire book wondering "What exactly are you getting at?" I admired Ferguson's book on the history of finance and Jared Diamond's much more famous book on why the West dominated the world, so I expected to enjoy this. While it does have some novel discussions (for example, comparing how England, France, and Germany comported themselves in the treatment of their colonies), I was generally unimpressed by Ferguson's failure to tie his observations into a larger [...]

Audio book cage match! Niall Ferguson vs. Jared Diamond! Two explanations of western domination of the world go in, only one comes out!(view spoiler)[not really (hide spoiler)]Ferguson and Diamond are public intellectuals, conservative and liberal, respectively, in the modern-day US political sense of the c- and l-words. Both of them have, with great effort, constructed historical folk narratives of how the world got the way it is, whether that way is a good thing, and what will cause that way t [...]

This dude is a genius. I never hesitate to read every article I come across in Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, or wherever his name pops up but this is only my second book length material after reading Colossus over ten years ago. This was a combo of Colossus and Guns, Germs and Steel - why some civilizations make it and others do not. If macro-history was a real word, I would use it to describe this book but it isn't so I won't.

Prolific Oxford, Harvard and Stanford professor Niall Ferguson continues his excellent string of publications with a well researched and erudite tour of the past 500 years of western civilization. The book is very, very detailed (over 700 end notes, plus a 30 page bibliography), but extremely readable. Its many facts are both interesting and woven together logically and chronologically to support a central thesis - that the West has predominated because it developed six killer apps: competition, [...]

Civilisation is historian Niall Furguson’s attempt to answer what he sees as perhaps the most important historical question; how did the West go from being the world’s backwater, in the early 15th century, to come to dominate the rest?Furguson was inspired to write this book in the wake of China’s impressive rise, exemplified by the speed of their economic ascent, their superlative Olympic Games and their impressive cities. Furguson notes that there is an air of concern in the West that we [...]

A must-read for history buffs. Surprising factoids, especially the impressive stats on China (!) Ferguson loses credibility only when he opines that tall height is a western introduction. (Colonial New England diaries are full of encounters with 6-ft Native men, and East Africa's Maasai warriors to this day breed men averaging 6-7 ft.) Wow moments :-----------“In 1500… the biggest city was Beijing, with a population of 600,000 to 700,000.”“As late as 1776, Adam Smith could still refer to [...]

Western civilization, the West. Decades ago, Edward Said noted Western Europe’s tendency to claim Greek, Roman, and even aspects of Egyptian civilization as its own. The Roman Empire has long been seen (perhaps anachronistically) by the West as a “Western” phenomenon, but it could instead be seen as a Mediterranean phenomenon. Certainly at the time Rome had less to do with the druids and barbarians in present-day northern Europe than it did tradesmen and soldiers from northern Africa and t [...]

CIVILIZATION: The West and the Rest. (2011). Niall Ferguson. ****. Although this study reads at times like a book for the genral reader, it often slips into becoming a scholarly study, hence becoming neither fish nor fowl. The rating of four-stars could easily have feen five-stars except for this flaw. The author is a noted British historian who, up until now has focused on the world of economics and its effect on the growth of civilization. This study expands the range of influences beyond thos [...]

Ferguson is a conservative economic historian and an ardent Anglophile. Although there's nothing wrong with either, the bias comes out throughout the book. Ferguson is only the latest in a series of books trying to assign a cause to the rise of the west over other civilizations. Jared Diamons' Guns, Germs and Steel comes to mind and is more original and better than Ferguson's efforts. Ferguson neglects to discus natural resource starting points and begins instead with cultural advantages. He pos [...]

Is Niall Ferguson an historian? Some people doubt it. I can see what they mean when reading "Civilization, the west and the rest". He is certainly no historian who just relates what happend and how it happend. He is not afraid to give his view on the way the West gained supremacy over the rest the last 500 years or so. I see him more as a pamphleteer, an opinionater, a publicist with a historical streak. His thesis why the west became dominant rests on the 'six killer applications' (to use a mod [...]

يتحدث الكاتب عن الفروق والأسباب التي نهضت بالحضارة الغربية وتفوقت وتقدمت على باقي أنحاء العالم واستعمرته ابتداءً من عام ١٥٠٠م ، وذلك عن طريق طرح سؤال : لماذا سيطر الغرب على بقية أنحاء العالم ؟ فكانت الاجابة : بأن الغرب طور ستة استخدامات استثنائية افتقدتها بقية أنحاء العالم و [...]

Niall Ferguson est une star sans équivalent de ce côté-ci de la Manche. Un mélange détonnant entre Thomas Piketty et Jacques Attali. Comme le premier, c’est au départ un universitaire, spécialiste de l’histoire de la finance, qui consacra ses premiers travaux aux conséquences économiques de la Première guerre mondiale et à l’histoire de la banque Rothschild. Comme le second, il produit à marche forcée des synthèses ébouriffantes sur l’histoire du monde, animé d’un louab [...]

Доволі безпорадна книжка: автор намагається відповісти на запитання, чому Захід панує, але просто не здатний побудувати структурований наратив. Більше про книгу - в моєму відеоблозіyoutube/embed/r5Aa9Ml

Niall Ferguson, the clever British historian-author, indeed has the gift of explaining things. In "Civilization", he looks at the "West" as we know it (both as a culture as well as the socio-economic state that it is) and the "Rest" - the erstwhile colonies, 3rd world countries, South American countries, etc. and tries to see what sets the "West" apart. The book starts with a peek at the world in the beginning of the 16th century - when Asian cities were not just the largest but also the much mo [...]

I give this book a four not because I agree with this, obviously, biased account of how "the West" dominated the world for the last 500 years, but because it was an enthralling read, and it's super enjoyable for me to challenge my own opinions and knowledge.It's also, at times, relatively nuanced, and it does, in horrendous detail, explain the pseudo-science, hubris, and psychology that precipitated colonization, empire and imperialism, for example. The sections on Nazism, and how it grew from A [...]

The author argues that the West has dominated the Rest because of the following six "killer applications" that the Rest lacked:QUOTE1. Competition, in that Europe itself was politically fragmented and that within each monarch or republic there were multiple competing entities2. The Scientific Revolution, in that all the major seventeenth century breakthroughs in mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry and biology happened in Western Europe3. The rule of law and representative government, in t [...]

L'insostenibile pesantezza dell'anglosassoneSono perplesso.Premetto, il saggio è scritto benissimo. Scorrevole, chiaro, ammiccante verso il lettore. Tipico dei saggisti anglosassoni. Fin qui niente di nuovo.Poi c'è il ragionamento di Ferguson, che parte da basi storiche, politiche, economiche e si protende fino al presente; e proponendo la sua teoria, ovviamente opinabile, costruisce i capitoli del libro.La teoria è che la civiltà occidentale, la nostra, sia fondata su 6 aspetti, che ne hann [...]

The elevator pitch for Niall Ferguson's "Civilization: The West and the Rest" is simple: Western civilization has risen to dominate world affairs over the last five hundred years, a record unmatched in world history and at odds with its population and geography relative to other countries and civilizations, due to six "killer apps" that have provided an advantage on the international stage. Further, it may be the West's loss of those same "apps" that is leading to decline now.Ferguson pegs the r [...]

een verdomd interrestant en prettig boek om te lezen, waarom is het Westen zo verdomd dominant t.o.v. de rest van de wereld?

Disappointing. The overall theme of the book is enlightening. The division into the West's "killer apps" is thought-provoking. (The six killer apps of the West, which led the West to preeminence while the Rest stagnated, are: Competition (small competing states in Europe vs. huge empires in the East); Science (kabosh put on science in Arabia, China, while Europe forged ahead); Property (private property in North America, widely distributed and alienable, a key to prosperity); Medicine (longer an [...]

Добре де, защо някои държави са приятни за живеене, богати и устроени, а други са отвратителни бедни дупки?Много хора се опитват да обясняват това с географско местоположение, природни ресурси, империализъм, даже масоните. Но за мен тия теории не обясняват достатъчно - защот [...]

This book - going by all the reviews - is supposedly well written. But it has a dead certainty about itself that turned me off. Its premise is ambitious: to illustrate that western civilization fared better than oriental civilization because of six unique things like competition, property laws, work ethic, etc. The book starts with a short introduction which briefly explains all these six apps (as it is referred to in the book) and goes onto elaborate on them in the following six sections. But t [...]

I don't agree with everything Ferguson says, but he brings up some good points. I enjoyed reading the book but the biggest disappointment I found was a lack of arguments, being mostly a barrage of random facts and declarations without much support. Lots of statements were made without evidence and he jumped from event to event with startling rapidity. It was a whirlwind overview of Western Civilization but I found myself wanting a deeper analysis. Perhaps I'm just not clever enough to connect al [...]

An excellent book, well-written and easy (even fun!) to read. A must read if you're wondering where our world is heading, as we are under siege from Islam on one side and China on the otherNiall Ferguson does not need to be presented: he's probably the top Historian of our Times, together with Paul Kennedy. When he writes something, you should take notice. You many not agree with him on everything (I certainly don't) but his book is never going to be a waste of your time!In this case he's done a [...]

اسم الكتاب : الحضارة (كيف هيمنت حضارة الغرب على الشرق والغرب)اسم الكاتب: نيال فرغسون بروفيسور التاريخ الأبرز في جامعة هارفردعدد صفحات الكتاب: 527 صفحة العرض الأول ل 120 صفحة  الكتاب يحتوي على مقدمتين و 6 فصول مقدمة الطبعة البريطانيةيطرح الكاتب بحث متكامل إجابة لسؤال يعتبره في غا [...]


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