Ian Morris teaches classics and history at Stanford University. He seems to have read everything, writes like an angel and has a nose for the really big questions. His monumental new book, Why the West Rules – For Now, addresses some of the biggest conundrums of all. How did the West gain global dominance? How long can it hang onto it? And is there some grand pattern in history we’ve missed that might hold the key to the answers? Morris draws on disciplines from archaeogenetics to artificial intelligence to tackle these problems.
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'Typical of Dickens to leave us with an unsolvable game of Cluedo. Was it John Jasper with the necktie in the cathedral, Stony Durdles with the fibula in the graveyard or Mrs Crisparkle with the arsenic in the close?'
Frances Wilson does some sleuthing.
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They 'disliked Georgian architecture because it was identified with the enclosure movement ... their preferred style was Elizabethan: half-timbered and gabled'.
Jane Ridley on the houses Edwardian Liberals built.