Rise of the West by William H. McNeill
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Rise of the West
By William H. McNeill

The Rise of the West

A History of the Human Community New edition

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Rise of the West by William H. McNeill

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"The Rise of the West," winner of the National Book Award for history in 1964, is famous for its ambitious scope and intellectual rigor. In it, McNeill challenges the Spengler-Toynbee view that a number of separate civilizations pursued essentially independent careers, and argues instead that human cultures interacted at every stage of their history. The author suggests that from the Neolithic beginnings of grain agriculture to the present major social changes in all parts of the world were triggered by new or newly important foreign stimuli, and he presents a persuasive narrative of world history to support this claim. In a retrospective essay titled ""The Rise of the West" after Twenty-five Years," McNeill shows how his book was shaped by the time and place in which it was written (1954-63). He discusses how historiography subsequently developed and suggests how his portrait of the world's past in The Rise of the West should be revised to reflect these changes. "This is not only the most learned and the most intelligent, it is also the most stimulating and fascinating book that has ever set out to recount and explain the whole history of mankind. . . . To read it is a great experience. It leaves echoes to reverberate, and seeds to germinate in the mind." H. R. Trevor-Roper, "New York Times Book Review ""

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226561417
ISBN-10: 0226561410
Format: Paperback
(226mm x 153mm x 38mm)
Pages: 860
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1991
Country of Publication: United States

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The inauguration of Robert Maynard Hutchins as the President of the University of Chicago in 1929 marked the beginning of a vibrant period for the university and for American higher education in general. This book presents a portrait of institutional life of university at that time, showing how life on campus revolved around President Hutchins.

Human Web by William H. McNeill Human Web, Paperback (February 2004)

Why did the first civilizations emerge when and where they did? How did Islam become a unifying force in the world of its birth? What enabled the West to project its goods and power around the world from the fifteenth century on? Why was agriculture invented seven times and the steam engine just once?

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Author Biography - William H. McNeill

William H. McNeill is the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and the College at the University of Chicago. His many books include "The Pursuit of Power, The Rise of the West, " and "Mythistory and Other Essays," all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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