Why did the West surge ahead of the rest of the world in the fifteenth century creating the great divergence? Was it geography? Or was it empire?
Niall Ferguson argues that it was neither. He finds six reasons why the West surged ahead and calls them the six killer apps. They include, competition, the Scientific Revolution, property rights, medicine, the consumer society, and the work ethic.
These six characteristics set the West apart from the rest, according to Ferguson. It's a fascinating argument.