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Western Civilization



  • No, Classics Shouldn’t ‘Burn’

    by James Kierstead

    A classicist offers a rebuttal to a recent critique of the field, arguing that practitioners are justified in evaluating a "western civilization" but do so from a multitude of perspectives.



  • How Bad History Feeds Far-Right Fantasies

    by Thomas Lecaque

    A fellow medievalist argues that Jeff Fynn-Paul failed to read or understand the historical literature before writing a controversial recent essay exculpating Europeans for mass death in the course of colonialism.



  • A New Theory of Western Civilization (Review)

    "The WEIRDest People in the World" is the latest addition to the Big History category. The outstanding feature of the genre is that it wrangles all of human existence into a volume or two, starting with the first hominids to rise up on their hind legs and concluding with us, cyborg-ish occupants of a networked globe.


  • "Western Civ" Was Not a Late Invention

    by Stanley Kurtz

    America’s colleges taught Western civilization for centuries before the curricular disruptions of the 1960s, and the topic’s appeal was trans-partisan.



  • Why We Should Study the History of Western Civilization

    by Donald Kagan

    We need to examine the older traditions of the West that came before the modern era and to take seriously the possibility that useful wisdom can be found there, especially among the Greeks who began it all.