The Triumph of the West: The Origin, Rise, and Legacy of Western Civilization

By J. M. Roberts
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15.77 Hours 08/01/2001 unabridged
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Over the centuries, two important beliefs arose in Europe: a faith that man could order his own destiny, and the idea that progress was normal. But by 1900, doubts had arisen concerning traditional Western values. The continuing problems of world poverty, environmental deterioration, the inequality of women, and continued warfare pose real questions about the advancement of the human race.  The Triumph of the West is noted historian J. M. Roberts’ engrossing, well-reasoned, in-depth essay on the nature of the dominance of Western civilization and its ambiguous “triumph.” Roberts’ interest is not in judging the West’s push toward greater cultural preeminence but in gaining a better understanding of the present by analyzing what got us here and, possibly, indulging in a bit of cautious optimism.

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Summary

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Over the centuries, two important beliefs arose in Europe: a faith that man could order his own destiny, and the idea that progress was normal. But by 1900, doubts had arisen concerning traditional Western values. The continuing problems of world poverty, environmental deterioration, the inequality of women, and continued warfare pose real questions about the advancement of the human race. 

The Triumph of the West is noted historian J. M. Roberts’ engrossing, well-reasoned, in-depth essay on the nature of the dominance of Western civilization and its ambiguous “triumph.” Roberts’ interest is not in judging the West’s push toward greater cultural preeminence but in gaining a better understanding of the present by analyzing what got us here and, possibly, indulging in a bit of cautious optimism.

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Editorial Reviews

“At its core, [Roberts] concludes, Western civilization is an audacious championship of humans as a unique, change-making species and of the value of the individual.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: J. M. Roberts

J. M. Roberts (1928–2003) was born in England and educated at Oxford. After National Service, he returned to Oxford as a fellow. He held posts in the United States at Princeton and Columbia universities, among others. He was general editor of The New Oxford History of England and authored several influential books of history.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 15.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English