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The West and the Rest – by Imad Moosa

September 10, 2012

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World map (Wikicommons)

I am bewildered by the meaning of the widely-used terms “West”, “Western” and “Westerner”, hence by Niall Ferguson’s The West and the Rest. I am yet to find anyone who can tell me, with any degree of confidence, what the “West” really means, which countries can be classified as “Western” and who is eligible to be called “Westerner”. I would imagine that this would be a formidable task, even for Niall Ferguson. The criteria used to designate countries as Western and non-Western produce vastly different classifications.

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