Suicide of the West

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One hundred years ago, most Westerners felt tremendous pride and confidence in their civilisation. They knew what it stood for, and they believed in it. Today that sense has gone. That is largely because the six principal ideas which underpinned Western confidence - those of Christianity, optimism, science, economic growth, liberalism and individualism - have suffered a century of sustained attack. These ideas no longer inspire or unite the West as they once ...

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Overview

One hundred years ago, most Westerners felt tremendous pride and confidence in their civilisation. They knew what it stood for, and they believed in it. Today that sense has gone. That is largely because the six principal ideas which underpinned Western confidence - those of Christianity, optimism, science, economic growth, liberalism and individualism - have suffered a century of sustained attack. These ideas no longer inspire or unite the West as they once did.

The contributors to Suicide of the West believe that, in theory, a more sophisticated synthesis of the six ideas could provide a way for the West to recover its nerve and integrity. But in practice? This fascinating book seeks to find the answer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826490230
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/26/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 7.87 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Koch is an entrepreneur and author of thirteen highly acclaimed non-fiction books, including The 80/20 Principle.

The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in Tony Blair's cabinet.

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Table of Contents

1. Why is the West successful? 2. Christianity 3. Optimism 4. Science 5. Growth 6. Liberalism 7. Individualism 8. The West and the Rest 9. National, Cosmopolitan or Western? 10. Is Suicide inevitable?

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