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Why the West has Won

Victor Davis Hanson

Why the West has Won by Victor Davis Hanson is a clear-sighted and brilliant exploration of the reasons that the Western World has found itself in the morally precarious position of exporting its values across the globe.

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£18.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571216406
Date Published
04.11.2002
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Summary

This is a brilliant history of the rise to dominance of the West, exploring the links between cultural values and military success. Instead of weighing up the West through its cultural and literary accomplishments, Hanson engages with the much starker record of the Western battlefield. In place of The Great Books, he studies The Great Battles, and offers graphic representations of nine representative clashes between West and non-West. Hanson writes uncommonly well about battle, and has an uncanny ability to evoke the chaos and terror of warfare, so crystallising his argument into records of a few hours of intense combat.

Hanson argues that the West has won not just because of technology and military might, but because of its focus on individualism, democratic political structures, and scientific rationalism. However this is no mere Eurocentric account of the steady millennia-long rise of Western power. Rather, it is an explanation of why the West finds itself now militarily unmatched, its values spreading around the globe – sometimes with devastating effects on local cultures which have at times adopted the worst of what European traditions have offered or imposed.

Victor DavisHanson

Victor Davis Hanson was born in 1953 and received his PhD from Stanford University. He is currently Professor of Classics at California State University, Fresno. His popular books on classical warfare include The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece, The Soul of Battle: From Ancient Times to the Present Day, How Three Great Liberators Vanquished Tyranny, The…

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