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Why the West rules (for now)

UtherPenguin
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8/27/2015 6:37:12 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
This book is pretty interesting: http://www.goodreads.com...

In the book, archaeologist and historian Ian Morris explores the "West" in it's modern day dominance and social development. Also looking as to why the West rules (or in other words, why western countries tend to be the most developed). He does this while at the same time comparing it to the "East" , or Far East Asia (Well mostly China). Tracking the social development of both regions from the Neolithic age up to Modern times.

He measures social development with three factors.

Energy capture: A society's ability to harness the natural resources around them.

Organization: This one kind of explains itself.

and Information Technology: A society's ability to process and distribute information (or something like that)

Now this may seem like a post meant for the History forum until this point. Around the latter chapters of the book, when Morris explores potential future scenarios between the West and the East.

One scenario goes that China will eventually reach superpower status by around the 2030's and afterwards. And as a result, China's cultural influence would lead to Western countries being "Easnternized" just as Western countries had "Westernized" other places.

Another scenario goes that once China reaches a superpower status, they would have become Westernized in the process, since China and the US's interdependence (otherwise known as "Chimerica") would result in China falling under Western cultural influence despite China's own economic influence.
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MakeSensePeopleDont
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8/27/2015 6:48:12 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 8/27/2015 6:37:12 PM, UtherPenguin wrote:

Does it also go over the empty, false economy China has and how it will crumble soon, leading to the destruction of the world's economy?
xus00HAY
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8/28/2015 12:14:37 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
In the Korean war China was the enemy, There was a truce called that stopped the fighting. I don't remember anything about a surrender, is China still the enemy? They have closed more factories in America then we closed when we bombed Germany WWII
jimtimmy8
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8/28/2015 5:50:22 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
I've got a few other explanations:

1.) IQ

2.) Christianity

3.) Western Cultural Ideas

4.) The Printing Press?
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8/30/2015 12:37:19 AM
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At 8/27/2015 6:37:12 PM, UtherPenguin wrote:

China's rapid growth is due largely to its closer ties to the west. The same was said for Japan in the 1950'st o 1970's (when people thought they would overtake the US economy) and South Korea in the 1960's to 1980's(when people thought they would overtake the US economy) and even Singapore in the 1980's to 1990's (for some reason, people didn't think they would overtake the US economy. Weird). China is simply the next underdeveloped nation to receive the wests favor and, just like the others that came before it, China will plateau once it becomes completely developed and Western investors will leave it for the next underdeveloped nation. My bet is on India, but Indonesia is comes as a possibility as well.