The Measure of Civilisation : How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations Paperback
by Ian Morris
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 21/02/2013
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9781781250198