Why Europe? The Rise of the West in World History 1500-1800
By Jack A. Goldstone
Now available for Kindle.
Translated into Chinese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian.
Award-winning author Jack Goldstone offers a vital guide to students asking “Why Europe?” Why did Europe rise to global power relative to other major civilizations, and will its dominant position now fade?
This superb introduction to non-Eurocentric history draws on the latest research examining global climate change, trade and conquest, religion, living standards, government, and science and technology. It shows how Europe’s rise depended on a cluster of breakthroughs that overcame the obstacles to modern economic growth. Goldstone takes us from the beginnings of agriculture to the space age, and foretells “The Coming Rise of the Rest.”
Praise for Why Europe?
“Clearly written and wide-ranging… I encourage readers to enjoy Goldstone’s own persuasive account.” – Jared Diamond, UCLA, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel
“This is a wonderful book, just what the world history teaching field needs.”– Ross Dunn, San Diego State University, past president of the World History Association, and Director of World History Projects at the National Center for History in the Schools.
“Goldstone has provided students and teachers of world history … a well-organized and very readable explanation of the rise of the modern world. … [a] brilliant book.” – Peter Dykema in World History Bulletin, Fall 2011.
“A beautiful short book … as a textbook for students” – Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Bourgeois Dignity, in History Today, Dec. 2010.
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Jack A. Goldstone is the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, winner of the Arnaldo Momigliano Award of the Historical Society, and the Barrington Moore and Distinguished Scholarly Achievement awards of the American Sociological Association.