The West: A New History of an Old Idea (Hardback)Naoise Mac Sweeney (author)
From a Roman matriarch to a British Prime Minister, MacSweeney's masterly dissection of the myths of Western civilisation is told through the lives of fourteen emblematic figures.
A radical new account of how the idea of the West has shaped our history, told through the stories of fourteen fascinating lives.
We tend to imagine Western Civilisation as a golden thread, leading through the centuries from classical antiquity to the countries of the modern West - a cultural genealogy that connects Plato to NATO. It is an idea often invoked in the speeches of politicians and the rhetoric of journalists, and which remains deeply embedded in popular culture. But what if it is wrong?
In an epic sweep through the ages, prize-winning archaeologist and historian Naoise Mac Sweeney charts the history of this idea - an idea of enormous political significance, but which is nonetheless factually incorrect and obscures the wondrous, rich diversity of our past. She reveals how this particular version of Western history was invented, how it has been used to justify imperialism and racism, and why it is no longer ideologically fit for purpose today.
Told through the lives of fourteen fascinating historical figures - including a formidable Roman matriarch, an unconventional Islamic scholar, an enslaved African American poetess and a British prime minister with Homeric aspirations - The West is a groundbreaking retelling of Western history and a powerful corrective to one of the greatest myths of all: Western Civilisation.
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 44 mm
'A bold, sweeping bird's-eye view of thousands of years of history that provides a truly global perspective of the past. A fantastic achievement.' - Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads
You may also be interested in...
“Systematic Trashing of Western Civilisation”
This author, a typical Oxbridge academic, sets out from the beginning to trash the entire idea of Western civilisation, and maintained this goal through out the book. She selected voices from the past, some in a sort... More
Please sign in to write a review
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?