How the West Was Lost

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What made the West 'western'? And has Western civilisation found modernity but lost itself? This provocative and stimulating polemic argues that the modern world has destroyed western culture and civilisation without gaining anything in return, leaving contemporary man with a spiritual and cultural gap that no amount of material wealth can fill. This is a brave and challenging attempt to explain how and why this has happened and present a new concept of modern history for our ...

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What made the West 'western'? And has Western civilisation found modernity but lost itself? This provocative and stimulating polemic argues that the modern world has destroyed western culture and civilisation without gaining anything in return, leaving contemporary man with a spiritual and cultural gap that no amount of material wealth can fill. This is a brave and challenging attempt to explain how and why this has happened and present a new concept of modern history for our complacent times.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781850439851
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/3/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.26 (d)

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A philology graduate of Moscow University, Alexander Boot lectured there on English and American literature in English, wrote art criticism and got into trouble with the KGB before emigrating to the USA in 1973 - only to find that the West he was seeking was no longer there. This inspired a life-long quest for an explanation, reflected in numerous essays. He has written for a wide range of publications including the London Magazine, the Salisbury Review and the Independent. He now divides his time between London and Burgundy, working on his next two books.

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD
• PREFACE
PART 1. EXPOSITION
• The Making of Western Man
• The Method in the Madness of Modernity
• The Unfashionable Thinking Behind This Book The Birth of Westman
• Westman's Youth
• Looking Out by Looking In
• The Ultimate Height of Westman's Soul Modern Civilisation Against Western CultureCometh the New Man
PART 2. DEVELOPMENT
The Battle Plan of Modman
• Modman Takes On God
• Compromise As the Midwife of Westman
• Modman's First Victories Modern Science Against Western God
• The Totalitarian Scientist
• The Unenlightening Enlightenment Modman Divides Into Two
• The First Political State
• The Rolling Juggernaut of the Modern State The Champion of the Nihilist
PART 3. RECAPITULATION
• He Who Pays the Piper Is the World Safe From Democracy?
• Getting Down to Business
• The False Prophet
• Unheeded Lessons of History Glossocracy: Modman Develops His Own Weapon
• The Non-Language of Politics
• While Stocks Last The War to End All Wars
• Art Imitating Death
• The Trailblazers of Nihilism
• Educating Philistine Emiles Language and Other Victims of Modernity
• Law Vs. Justice
• Speak No Evil - Or Else
PART 4. CODA
• The Mopping Up The Spanish Detour
• The Partition of the World
• All You Need is Love
• Drugs and Rock'N'Roll
• Opposites Attracting
• Is There Life After Death?

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