Conquests and Cultures: An International History
This book is the culmination of 15 years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice, as well as on other travels in the Mediterranean, the Baltic, and around the Pacific rim. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations. Focusing on four major cultural areas(that of the British, the Africans (including the African diaspora), the Slavs of Eastern Europe, and the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere—Conquests and Cultures reveals patterns that encompass not only these peoples but others and help explain the role of cultural evolution in economic, social, and political development.
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By 1917, illiteracy was down to 1 percent for both sexes in Scotland as a whole,
and less than 3 percent even in those highland communities where it had been
so high in the mid-nineteenth century.253 Unlike Ireland or Wales, Scotland ...
The dire poverty of the early nineteenth century Irish may be indicated by their
average life expectancy of 19 years — compared to 36 years for contemporary
American slaves — and the fact that slaves in the United States typically lived in ...
Martin A. Klein, 'The Slave Trade in the Western Sudan during the Nineteenth
Century," The Human Commodity, edited by Elizabeth Savage, pp. 41, 48; Janet
J. Ewald, 'The Nile Valley System and the Red Sea Slave Trade 1820-1880," The
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MMSequeira - LibraryThing
Another great book by Thomas Sowell. Though it is the third book in a trilogy, I have read it in isolation. It is as engaging, insightful, and clearly written as all the other Sowell books. I highly recommend it. Read full review
CONQUESTS AND CULTURES: Military Expansion and the Making of CivilizationUser Review - Kirkus
Hoover Institution scholar-in-residence Sowell concludes a trilogy that began with Race and Culture (1994) and Migrations and Cultures (1996) by considering—in sometimes stimulating, sometimes ... Read full review