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How the West Won The Neglected Story of the Triumph

by Rodney Stark

How the West Won The Neglected Story of the Triumph Synopsis

In this page-turning, myth-busting history, acclaimed author Rodney Stark shows exactly why Western civilization triumphed over other cultures-and why we all should be thankful it did.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 look at Western civilization.Taking readers on a thrilling journey from ancient Greece to the present, Stark challenges much of the received wisdom about Western history. How the West Won shows, for example:Why the fall of Rome was the single most beneficial event in the rise of Western civilizationWhy the Dark Ages never happenedWhy the Crusades had nothing to do with grabbing loot or attacking the Muslim world unprovokedWhy there was no Scientific Revolution in the seventeenth centuryWhy scholars' recent efforts to dismiss the importance of battles are ridiculous: had the Greeks lost at the Battle of Marathon, we probably would never have heard of Plato or AristotleStark also debunks absurd fabrications that have flourished in the past few decades: that the Greeks stole their culture from Africa; that the West's discoveries were copied from the Chinese and Muslims; that Europe became rich by plundering the non-Western world.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.

How the West Won The Neglected Story of the Triumph Press Reviews

Praise for How the West Won Fortunately, a few unapologetic defenders of Western civilization can still be found. In How the West Won, Rodney Stark details how and why the vital aspects of modernity--defined here as a combination of sensible economic arrangements, political freedoms and scientific knowledge--developed in the West rather than elsewhere. In the process he adds considerably to the content of the old Western Civ courses, which would often discreetly ignore the contribution of Christianity and neglect practical matters such as advances in technology and banking. --Wall Street Journal Stark's lively and absorbing new work beheads the academy's dictatorship of relativism and enthrones in its place concrete and fact-based understanding in order here to give Western civilization the credit it richly deserves. . . . Along the way he upsets one politically correct apple cart after another. . . . Stark's book should have as wide an audience as possible. --Catholic World Report Exposes gaping holes in the prevailing narrative . . . Stark sets out to critique, and, in some instances, demolish several widespread mythologies about the West's development. . . . In making these points, Stark is happy to engage in the deeply politically incorrect exercise of comparing developments in the West to that of other civilizations. --Crisis What sets How the West Won apart from similar histories, and what makes it a sheer delight to read, is Stark's wit, his elegant writing and, most especially, his reinterpretation of various historical events. . . . Nearly every chapter of How the West Won breaks some widely held opinion. . . . If you are looking for lively, erudite history, you'll find How the West Won a splendid companion. --Smoky Mountain News Praise for Rodney Stark Stark has a vigorous prose style and a gift for clear explanation. The pace is swift, and the narrative thrilling. --New York Times Fun to read, full of anecdote and incident . . . Mr. Stark is especially adept at challenging received ideas. --Wall Street Journal Stark proves himself once again as a historical myth-buster. Rodney Stark turns what we 'know' about history on its head. --Relevant Magazine Stimulating and provocative . . . Deftly researched. --Publishers Weekly Fresh, blunt, and highly persuasive. --Newsweek Gripping, with tales of courage and desperation, outsized characters, and fate of cultures hanging in the balance . . . Masterful . . . Sets the record straight. --National Catholic Register Wonderfully readable prose and politically incorrect conclusions. --World Magazine [Stark's] works are an encouraging corrective to the anti-Western history routinely taught in our schools. --New Oxford Review Compelling reading, adding depth and coherence to the often nebulous hyperbole of historical hypotheses. Highly recommended. --Library Journal

Book Information

ISBN: 9781610171397
Publication date: 30th September 2015
Author: Rodney Stark
Publisher: ISI Books
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 464 pages
Categories: Cultural studies, Regional & national history, History: earliest times to present day,

About Rodney Stark

Rodney Stark is the award-winning author of How the West Won, The Victory of Reason, The Rise of Christianity, God's Battalions, and many other books. He serves as Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University, USA where he is co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion. Stark is past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. Before earning his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, he was a staff writer for several major publications. Stark's books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, German, ...

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