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Western Supremacy


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Table of Contents

  • Forword to the English edition
  • Introduction
  • Part I: The Formation of a Culture
    • 1. The West Is Born
    • 2. Light and Shadow of the Enlightenment
    • 3. The Roots of a Conviction
    • 4. Continuity beneath Wrenching Changes
    • 5. The Backlash
  • Part II: The Way of the World
    • 6. The Great Post-Colonial Illusion
    • 7. The New Basis of Hegemony
    • 8. The Privileges of Power
    • 9. Beginning of the End?
  • Part III: The Two Sides of the Mirror
    • 10. The New Look of Universality
    • 11. The Same and the Others
    • 12. On the Other Side of the Mirror
  • Conclusion

About the Author

SOPHIE BESSIS is a writer and journalist who was born and brought up in Tunisia. She has spent most of her adult life living and working in France, where she has been at various times head of research and editor in chief of Jeune Afrique; director of the Panos Institute in Paris; and editor of Vivre Autrement. She is the author of several books in French. Western Supremacy has been translated by PATRICK CAMILLER.


'An extraordinary work of intellectual history, beautifully written, raising the most profound questions about that sacred cow, Western Civilization. I hope her book will be widely read.'
Howard Zinn

'A complex and original picture of international relations.'
Le Monde des Livres

'The author's deep understanding of the societies of the South helps her avoid facile judgements.'
Alternatives Economiques

'A particularly stimulating work, which traces the evolution of the modern West from its renaissance roots to its most recent avatar.' Telerama

'This book glows with lucid anger - and impatience with the confusions offered us not only by the proponents of Western supremacy but by many of its supposed opponents.'
Immanuel Wallerstein

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