How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity

How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity

Rodney Stark


Finally the Truth in regards to the upward push of the West

Modernity built simply within the West—in Europe and North the US. Nowhere else did technology and democracy come up; nowhere else was once slavery outlawed. in simple terms Westerners invented chimneys, musical rankings, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electrical lighting, aspirin, and soap.

The query is, Why?

regrettably, that question has develop into so politically flawed that almost all students stay away from it. yet acclaimed writer Rodney Starkprovides the solutions during this sweeping new examine Western civilization.

How the West received demonstrates the primacy of uniquely Western ideas—among them the assumption in unfastened will, the dedication to the pursuit of data, the thought that the universe capabilities in accordance with rational ideas that may be dis­covered, and the emphasis on human freedom and safe estate rights.

Taking readers on an exhilarating trip from old Greece to the current, Stark demanding situations a lot of the obtained knowledge approximately Western his­tory. How the West received shows, for example:

• Why the autumn of Rome used to be the only so much beneficial event within the upward push of Western civilization
• Why the “Dark a while” by no means happened
• Why the Crusades had not anything to do with grabbing loot or attacking the Muslim international unprovoked
• Why there has been no “Scientific Revolution” within the 17th century
• Why students’ contemporary efforts to brush off the significance of battles are ridiculous: had the Greeks misplaced on the conflict of Marathon, we most likely may by no means have heard of Plato or Aristotle

Stark additionally debunks absurd fabrications that experience flourished some time past few a long time: that the Greeks stole their tradition from Africa; that the West’s “discoveries” have been copied from the chinese language and Muslims; that Europe grew to become wealthy by way of plundering the non-Western international. while, he unearths the woeful inadequacy of contemporary makes an attempt to characteristic the increase of the West to in simple terms fabric causes—favorable climates, considerable usual assets, weapons and steel.

How the West Wondisplays Rodney Stark’s presents for energetic narrative heritage and making the newest scholarship obtainable to all readers. This daring, insightful publication will strength you to reconsider your figuring out of the West and the beginning of modernity—and to acknowledge that Western civilization quite has set itself except different cultures.

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