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Civilization: Is the West History [DVD]
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The West once ruled more than half the world. The religion it exported is still followed by a third of mankind. Above all, the way people live--or aspire to live--is unmistakably an invention of the West. All over the world, more and more human beings eat a Western diet, wear Western clothes and live in Western housing. But are we living through the beginning of the end of the West’s ascendancy?
The series includes:
1. A Tale of Two Rivers: Why Western Europe’s economy outstripped Eastern China’s
2. The Siege: Why Central Europe turned the tide against the Ottoman Empire
3. New Worlds: Why North America succeeded where South America failed
4. Hearts of Darkness: Why Europe’s empires failed in their mission to “civilize” Africa
5. Cross-dressing Civilizations: The resurrection of the West as the “consumer society”
6. Lost Faiths: The decline of Western beliefs--not only Christianity, but also nationalism and even Communism.
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I'm somewhat disappointed to see some critical reviews here by people who seem to put their own view of "errors" by Ferguson as proof that the whole analysis is wrong. There are many facts and also many simplification in the treatise. The history of the world can't be written in a few DVDs! It is impossible to present something as complex as this without simplifications and interpretations; this does not make them wrong. Critics - when you can offer something better, then I for one would be glad to hear of it. Frankly I don't think you stand a chance of doing that. The power of a good analyst is seeing past the fog and perceiving the underlying dominant forces. I think Feguson hits the nail bang on the head.
Well done Prof - you've given me optimism and pessimism about the future. I still believe the world is in for a very rough ride in the next century, but I no longer believe it will necessarily end in disaster for mankind. I think we should all consider some of the optimism and pessimism in your analysis and act accordingly.
Stepping outside the box to look with new eyes is always interesting and Professor Ferguson makes good use of his standpoint. As a specialist in financial and economic history, particularly hyperinflation and the bond markets, as well as the history of colonialism, he is in an ideal position to adopt this perspective, providing a overview lloking at the financial under-pinning of societies.
Having recently attended one of his lectures, I can report that he is as interesting in person as he is on the screen, not something which can be said of every television presenter.
A fascinating series highly recommended; viewers may not agree but he will certainly make them think.
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