Modernity process has been occuring in east side countries with the domination from west countries. “The West and The Rest” term is a well known description in this problem through years.
At this ESMT Open Lecture, Harvard professor Niall Ferguson discussed and debated issues raised in his latest book Civilization: The West and the Rest.
From one of our most renowned historians, Civilization: The West and the Rest is the definitive history of Western civilization's rise to global dominance---and the "killer applications" that made this improbable ascent possible.
It is not my habit to reply to hostile book reviews, but a personal attack that amounts to libel is another matter. Pankaj Mishra purports to discuss my book Civilisation: The West and the Rest, but in reality his review is a crude attempt at character assassination, which not only mendaciously misrepresents my work but also strongly implies that I am a racist ().
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Civilization: The West and the Rest with Niall Ferguson | PBS
Scruton stresses the uniqueness of the Western achievement. Thanks in part to a Christian heritage that emphasized the separation of church and state, as well as virtues such as forgiveness that promoted social reconciliation of differences, states arose in the west based on territory rather than creed. In these western states, citizenship and rights were based on a social contract rooted in the popular will. Such was not the case in Islam, where identity came from faith alone, and states had no legitimacy outside that faith. Thus the west went on to experience the scientific revolution and Enlightenment, and developed both a respect for the authority of secular law and a glittering material civilization. An ironic by-product of Western success has been a culture of repudiation in which many Westerners reject the very cultural values that made their civilization. Scruton believes that contemporary causes like multiculturalism leave the West vulnerable to outside attack. He urges Westerners to reexamine and cherish the roots of their civilization. He also urges them to foreswear a drive to globalization that forces contact between western mores and peoples culturally antagonistic to them. Scrutonâs The West and the Rest is a timely and thought-provoking book.
Civilization: The West and the Rest with Niall Ferguson - PBS
Hall, Stuart (1992) “The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power”,in Stuart Hall and Bram Gieben, eds. . Open University/Polity Press, pp. 275-331.
Stuart Hall, “The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power," 1996
The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? In Civilization: The West and the Rest, bestselling author Niall Ferguson argues that, beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts that the Rest lacked: competition, science, the rule of law, consumerism, modern medicine, and the work ethic. These were the "killer applications" that allowed the West to leap ahead of the Rest, opening global trade routes, exploiting newly discovered scientific laws, evolving a system of representative government, more than doubling life expectancy, unleashing the Industrial Revolution, and embracing a dynamic work ethic. Civilization shows just how fewer than a dozen Western empires came to control more than half of humanity and four fifths of the world economy. Yet now, Ferguson argues, the days of Western predominance are numbered-not because of clashes with rival civilizations, but simply because the Rest have now downloaded the six killer apps we once monopolized-while the West has literally lost faith in itself. Civilization does more than tell the gripping story of the West's slow rise and sudden demise; it also explains world history with verve, clarity, and wit. Controversial but cogent and compelling, Civilization is Ferguson at his very best.