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The measure of civilisation: how social development decides the fate of nations

By: Morris, Ian

1847658644 / 9781847658647
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21/02/2013
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376 pages
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In Why the West Rules - For Now Ian Morris argues that to understand the development of East and West, we need to look beyond 'long-term lock-in' theories (that suggest it was inevitable) and 'short-term accident' theories.

Instead, we need to measure social development - a group's ability to master its environment to get things done - and use the results to look at the patterns of history.Why the West Rules - For Now briefly describes the methods used to calculate Eastern and Western social development scores since the ice age; in The Measure of Civilisation, Morris expands upon these methods, discussing possible objections to this approach, and providing fascinating accounts of his gathering of evidence for his calculations.

It is a magnificent account of where our understanding of the development of East and West comes from, and an unusual insight into a master thinker at work.

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HB History, HBG General & world history

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