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The Idea of the West : Culture, Politics and History - Alastair Bonnett

The Idea of the West

Culture, Politics and History

Paperback Published: 26th August 2004
ISBN: 9781403900357
Number Of Pages: 201

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The West is on everyone's lips: it is defended, celebrated, hated. But how and why did it emerge? And whose idea is it? This book is about representations of the West. Drawing on sources from across the world - from Russia to Japan, Iran to Britain - it argues that the West is not merely a Western idea but something that many people around the world have long been creating and stereotyping. The Idea of the West looks at how the great political and ethnic forces of the last century defined themselves in relation to the West, addresses how Soviet communism, 'Asian spirituality', 'Asian values' and radical Islamism used and deployed images of the West. Both topical and wide-ranging, it offers an accessible but provocative portrait of a fascinating subject and it charts the complex relationship between whiteness and the West.

Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
The West: ancient and modernp. 4
Knowing the Westp. 6
Geography and the worldp. 7
The West in context: chapters in a global historyp. 11
From White to Western: 'Racial Decline' and the Rise of the Idea of the West in Britain, 1890-1930p. 14
Introductionp. 14
White decayp. 15
The West's West: beginningsp. 23
The Western path out of white crisisp. 26
Conclusionsp. 34
Further readingp. 37
Communists Like Us: The Idea of the West in the Soviet Unionp. 40
Introductionp. 40
The West versus communismp. 42
Russia's Westp. 44
The revolutionary Westp. 47
The Western enemyp. 53
The 'kidnapped West' and Russia's 'return'p. 56
Conclusionsp. 60
Further readingp. 61
Good-bye Asia: The Westernisers' West, Fukuzawa and Gokalpp. 63
Introductionp. 63
The uses of the Westp. 64
Fukuzawa Yukichi: occidentalism and nationalism in Japanp. 66
Ziya Gokalp: finding Turkey, inventing the Westp. 70
Conclusionsp. 75
Further readingp. 76
Soulless Occident/Spiritual Asia: Tagore's Westp. 79
Introductionp. 79
Asia is one: the West as spiritual voidp. 81
Who wants to be Asian? The failure of Tagore's mission to the Eastp. 88
Asian spirituality: transcending the Westp. 95
Conclusions: Tagore and modernityp. 103
Further readingp. 105
From Soulless to Slacker: The Idea of the West from Pan-Asianism to Asian Valuesp. 107
Introduction: forget Tagorep. 107
Pan-Asianism: Eastern redemption, Western nationalismp. 109
The slacker West and Asian valuesp. 112
Conclusionsp. 120
Further readingp. 121
Occidental Utopia: The Neo-Liberal Westp. 123
Introductionp. 123
Social democracy: the unproclaimed Westp. 125
Westernisation: victory in defeatp. 128
Neo-liberal democracy: Western triumph and Western blueprintp. 131
Conclusions: the vulnerability of the neo-liberal modelp. 139
Further readingp. 141
Western Dystopia: Radical Islamism and Anti-Westernismp. 143
Introductionp. 143
The clash of utopias?p. 144
The Islamisation of anti-Westernismp. 145
Conclusions: Islamism and neo-liberal globalisationp. 160
Further readingp. 161
Conclusionp. 163
Notesp. 167
Referencesp. 179
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9781403900357
ISBN-10: 1403900353
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 201
Published: 26th August 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1