British Broadcasting Corporation, 1985, Hardcover, Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: Good, First Edition, Illustrated By: Photographic and Illustrations
protests and introduction by author, maps, notes and index. Illustrated endpapers, being a white " wreath " reproduced many times against a blue background. The text is illustrated with copious colour and black-and-white photographs, colour and black-and-white contemporary illustrations and numerous maps, throughout the text. Blue coloured cloth covered boards with self embossed decoration, again a "wreath", with gilt coloured titles and gilt illustration to the backstrip. Plain text dustwrapper, with only a small gilt wreath to the backstrip and front panel. White and blue coloured titles to the front panel and white coloured titles to the backstrip. This illuminating an anthology of account, linked with but greatly expanded from a major 13-part television series written and presented by the distinguished historian, John Roberts, comments upon the history of Western civilisation from the earliest roots in the Greco-Roman and the Judeo-Christian traditions and seeks to uncover what it was that gave European culture is outward push and confident energy for so many centuries. " -- from the front fold over blurb. Bumping and fading to the backstrip and to the lower book corners. Light age toning of the text block edges and of the internal text. Original bookseller's sticker to the lower right-hand corner of the front paste-down. Occasional handling Mark and dogearing of the internal text. Rubbing and creasing to the dustwrapper edges and rubbing to the dustwrapper panels. Colour photograph of author to the rear fold over over panel. A few marks to the first half of the dustwrapper. " Today there is widespread scepticism about the achievements of Western civilisation. People doubt the value of its scientific and technological advances and point to their often equivocal side-effects. So far as political influence goes, Western empires have vanished and Western colonial powers have retreated. The confidence once felt in the world economic order created by Europeans has crumble with that order it self. Yet Western ideas and institutions still exert huge influence throughout the world. China's one billion inhabitants are ruled according to the ideas of a 19th-century German, Karl Marx; and one African statesman asserts principles of nationhood in the UN, they are speaking of an idea imported from the West. Paradoxically, perhaps the West has triumphed after all -- even if not quite as its critics have noticed. Size: 4to 9¾" - 12" tall. VI, 7-464 pages,. We are happy to provide pictures of this book on request Illustrator: Photographic and Illustrations. Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; Sociology & Culture. ISBN: 0563200707. ISBN/EAN: 9780563200703. Inventory No: 0109825.