Title

Is the West Special? World History and Western Civilisation

RIS ID

56790

Publication Details

Melleuish, G. 2012, Is the West Special? World History and Western Civilisation, Institute of Public Affairs, Melbourne.

Abstract

One of the most puzzling and irritating aspects of the contemporary study of history is the antipathy that those who call themselves 'world historians' have towards European history and the study of Western Civilisation. 'Euro-centerism' is one of the great insults that can now be thrown at a historian. The insult implies that they support imperialism, oppression and the subjugation of the rest of the work by the West, as well as a desire to over-inflate the value of Western Civilisation and denigrate other civilisations.

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