‘Western’ and ‘White Civilization’: White Nationalism and Eurocentrism at the Crossroads

  • R. Charles Weller


This chapter picks up from chapter one on the tension between ‘old’ Eurocentric and nationalistic verses ‘new’ global(ist)–multiculturalist historiography from World War Two down to the present, with emphasis on the problem of the continuing conflation and alleged supremacy of ‘Western’ and ‘White Civilization’ within Western and World History narratives. It highlights how academic and political efforts to revive the teaching of Western Civilization in colleges and universities do not explicitly identify nor necessarily intend their agendas as ‘white nationalist’ or ‘racist’, but they nonetheless coincide historically and share much in common by way of themes and concerns with parallel white nationalist and racist attempts to revive and promote ‘Western Civilization’ in recent decades.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Charles Weller
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  2. 2.Georgetown University (ACMCU)Washington D.C.USA

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