Civilization: A New History of the Western World

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Pegasus Books, 2006 - History - 532 pages
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Ever since the attacks of September 11, 2001, Western leaders have described a world engaged in "a fight for civilization." But what do we mean by civilization? We believe in a Western tradition of freedom that has produced a fulfilling existence for many millions of people and a culture of enormous depth and creative power. But the history of our civilization is also filled with unspeakable brutality—for every Leonardo there is a Mussolini, for every Beethoven symphony a concentration camp, for every Chrysler Building a My Lai massacre.

An ambitious historical assessment of the Western world—tying together the histories of empires, art, philosophy, science, and politics—Civilization reexamines and confronts us with all of our glories and catastrophes. At such a dangerous time in the world's history, this brilliant book is required reading.

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CIVILIZATION: A New History of the Western World

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On the journey from hunter-gatherers to investment bankers, we have become more dangerous to one another.Osborne (The Floating Egg: Episodes in the Making of Geology, not reviewed) set himself a ... Read full review

Civilization: A New History of the Western World

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Since 9/11, we often hear that "civilization" is under attack, but what is civilization, and what have we in fact gained and lost through its existence? With this fine volume, British writer Osborne ... Read full review


Prehistory and Illiterate Societies
Change and Custom in Classical Greece
The Birth of Abstraction

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For many years Roger Osborne worked as an editor in the London publishing world, first at Macmillan and then Faber & Faber, specializing in books on medicine, psychology, and the history of science. Since 1992 he has been a full-time writer, using particular subjects to demonstrate new ways of understanding the past. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society and lives in Yorkshire.

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