Re: Why the West has 'won'.

Eric Watt Forste (
Mon, 04 Aug 1997 18:42:45 -0700

Andrea Gallagher writes:
> Yeah, and it's even more interesting when you think of how Arab
> and Chinese cultures were far more technologically advanced than
> Europe for centuries.

And the default (not always adhered to) for the Arab and Chinese
cultures was a political monolith (the Caliph or the Emperor),
not the pluralism found in ancient Greece and early modern

> I'm interested in this too, though my current search is for a basic
> book on African civilizations.

I have a book called "A History of the African Peoples" that
might be what you're looking for. I don't recall the author's
name. It does cover some of the earlier civilizations, though as
I recall it's a little weak on the old Zimbabwean cultures
because it was written before a lot of the fruitful digs in that
area were analyzed.

Eric Watt Forste ++ ++ expectation foils perception -pcd