The West: A New History of an Old Idea

A radical new account of how the idea of the West has shaped our history, told through the stories of fourteen fascinating lives by Naoise Mac Sweeney.

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?

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Naoíse Mac Sweeney and her book "The West" © Barbara Mair