Ferguson Western Civilization Summary

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WESTERN CIVILIZATION Niall Ferguson (2011). Civilization: The West and the Rest. London: Penguin Publishing Group Niall Ferguson is a Scottish historian. He writes and speaks about international history, economic and financial history, and British and American imperialism. The book has both historical and contemporary strands. 400 years after, western civilization is still lingering and drives our today’s world. The book is organized in a chronological and thematic manner. Ferguson posits that beginning from the fifteenth century, the Western world developed six powerful concepts “Killer Applications”-competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic that the rest of the world lacked, which allow the west…show more content…
Spielvogel (2005). Western Civilization, Cengage Learning Jackson Joseph Spielvogel an associate professor emeritus at Pennsylvania State University. He is influential in the development of the Western civilization courses. Spielvogel’s book “Western civilization” is present by exploring the past from a narrative position of political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military view. With a clear narrative of Western civilization, the book possesses a depth of over 150 maps and excerpts from over 200 primary sources that includes official documents. The central purpose of Speilvogel’s work on Western Civilization is to introduce us to a range of issues concerning the kinds of communities; political, social, moral, and religious we have construct for ourselves and the values that inform and define such communities. He also explores the intellectual currents of the early modern period, such as the protestant reformation, discovery of the new world, scientific revolution, and the rise of the modern state. He made attempts to make sense of the order of the social and natural worlds as well as men and women’s places in those…show more content…
The authors narrate contemporary findings that many authors neglect in regards to Western civilization adding up to the influential domination of the West in our world today. The take home point the authors are driving is that current happenings in the world today can be rooted to the influence of Western civilization. The authors wrote a very detailed account and transitions nicely, the only issue is that there are biases. Bias in that not the entire story is told and it is told from a perspective of a religious analysis. I don't think it is an objective representation when in all other cases, other perspectives are told. Andrew Targowski (2015). Western Civilization in the 21st Century (Focus on Civilizations and Cultures Series). New York: Nova
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