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Recipe for global power

In his latest book, Niall Ferguson identifies the six vital ingredients which have led to western supremacy. Jack Straw argues that he is too pessimistic about our future

By Jack Straw   March 2011

Christmas in Wenzhou: “the most entrepreneurial city in China.” The country’s rise in wealth has been paralleled by a rise in Christianity

Civilisation—The West and The Rest by Niall Ferguson (Allen Lane, £25)

The six volumes of Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire have been staring at me with mounting disapproval ever since my wife inherited them from her father 25 years ago. They have not been inviting me to read them; rather demanding my attention.

I have started to comply. I finished the first volume before Christmas. Five more to go. The bestselling historian Niall Ferguson,…

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