Wyclif’s Dust is a book of history. It reinterprets the history of the West, from the invention of the printing press to the present day.
Western nations suffer from severe social problems, rising populism and declining trust. These problems did not come from nowhere: they have roots in the dramatic cultural changes of the late twentieth century. To understand them, we must rethink our own history. The West did not just develop good institutions and economic growth: it also created a uniquely powerful culture. By reanalysing the rise of the West through a cultural prism, using ideas from the new science of cultural evolution, Wyclif’s Dust shows where modern liberalism went wrong, and how to repair it.
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