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Civilization: The West and the Rest with Niall Ferguson

Historian Niall Ferguson explores philosophical and political developments that have enabled the Western hemisphere to dominate the globe for the past 500 years. And he asks, as the developing world adopts the ways of the West, can the West survive?

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Sunday, Jun 3, 2012 - 6:00 PM    After defeating the Ottoman Empire in 1683, Prussian King Frederick separates church and state, fostering education based on scientific inquiry. Meanwhile the Ottoman Sultan ushered in religious laws that forbade the study of science, hindering scientific progress. Ferguson suggests the practice of property-owning democracy, established in America, fundamentally altered the distribution of power, giving landowners a voice in the government. He also looks at the influences of modern medicine, consumerism and the Protestant work ethic. Part 2 of 2 G
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