What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six “killer applications” that the Rest lacked: competition, science, property, democracy, medicine, consumerism and work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Mr. Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy.
Niall Ferguson is a best-selling author and a writer and presenter of television documentary series. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor at Harvard University and his latest book is Civilization: The West and the Rest.
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