The West once ruled more than half the world. The religion it exported, Christianity, is still followed by a third of mankind. Above all, the way people live - or aspire to live - is unmistakably an invention of the West. All over the world, more and more humans eat a Western diet, wear Western clothes and live in Western housing. But are we living through the beginning of the end of the West's ascendancy? In this remarkable series, Niall Ferguson explains how by juxtaposing the West and 'the Rest', we can uncover the keys - the six killer applications - of Western ascendancy: the real explanation of how, for roughly five centuries, a clear minority of mankind managed to secure the lion's share of the Earth´s resources.
The 6-part BBC documentary program comes to DVD with Harvard professor Niall Ferguson, who specializes in economic history and is hosting the show that is based on his recent book of the same name, Civilization: The West and the Rest
. The 2-disc set include all six installments that each examines a different facet of life: "Competition," "Science," "Property," "Medicine," "Consumerism" and "Work." Running time is 288 minutes, and this will be available on June 5th
. Other details, cost and box art haven't been provided so far, but stay tuned!
An Amazon pre-order listing
for this title reveals that it is priced at $34.98 SRP.