I am not sure whether Western Civ should be called “white racist.” I think it is just one of the great many self-centered forms of history writing, all the result of world views in which the ‘own’ society is considered more important (and often better) than the rest. How many world views have existed, including those in existence today, in which this has not been the case? How many types of longer-term history writing do exist today in which this is not implicit?
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I've followed this thread with interest.
I taught a section of Western Civ II this morning, and it occurred to me during class to ask my students a question I think it might be worth repeating in this forum.
Is Japan a western civilization?
I'm not sure that question makes sense given some of what I have read here, and my class was divided.
What say you?
In sorting out the various arguments in this intriguing debate, I've found Lynn Hunt, "Reports of its Death were Premature: Why 'Western Civ' Endures"; Daniel Gordon, "Teaching Western History at Stanford"; and Richard Roberts, "Teaching Non-Western History at Stanford," in Lloyd Kramer, Donald Reid, and William L.
Mea culpa. I caught the shorter post with the edits before posting the longer post and made the changes to Charles' earlier and longer post. Rather than sending the second post back to Charles..... I accidentally posted it. Sincere apologies.
Apologies, I meant to revise to say "five emerging points as a thesis" and renumber them accordingly...