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How the West Won - The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity-logo

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

Rodney Stark

Modernity developed only in the West-in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization. How the West Won demonstrates the primacy of uniquely Western ideas-among them the belief in free will, the commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, the notion that the universe functions according to rational rules that can be discovered, and the emphasis on human freedom and secure property rights. How the West Won displays Stark's gifts for lively narrative history and making the latest scholarship accessible to all. This bold, insightful book will force you to rethink your understanding of the West and the birth of modernity-and to recognize that Western civilization really has set itself apart from other cultures.

Modernity developed only in the West-in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization. How the West Won demonstrates the primacy of uniquely Western ideas-among them the belief in free will, the commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, the notion that the universe functions according to rational rules that can be discovered, and the emphasis on human freedom and secure property rights. How the West Won displays Stark's gifts for lively narrative history and making the latest scholarship accessible to all. This bold, insightful book will force you to rethink your understanding of the West and the birth of modernity-and to recognize that Western civilization really has set itself apart from other cultures.
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Genres:

History

Description:

Modernity developed only in the West-in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization. How the West Won demonstrates the primacy of uniquely Western ideas-among them the belief in free will, the commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, the notion that the universe functions according to rational rules that can be discovered, and the emphasis on human freedom and secure property rights. How the West Won displays Stark's gifts for lively narrative history and making the latest scholarship accessible to all. This bold, insightful book will force you to rethink your understanding of the West and the birth of modernity-and to recognize that Western civilization really has set itself apart from other cultures.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kevin Foley

Length:

15h 25m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

12:40


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

33:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

33:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

34:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

51:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

28:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

36:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

34:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

54:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

40:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

55:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

45:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

44:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

59:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

45:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

50:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

54:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

44:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

34:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

43:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

39:47