Western supremacy: triumph of an idea?

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Zed Books, Jul 18, 2003 - History - 290 pages
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This book gives a thorough history of colonial and developmentalist thought as it illustrates the West's relationship with those parts of the rest of the world it came to dominate. Bessis follows this trajectory, from the conquest of the Americas, through the slave trade and the scramble for Africa, the White Man's burden, Manifest Destiny and the growth of "scientific" racism, on to decolonization, the ideology of development, and structural adjustment.

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Contents

The West Is Born
11
Light and Shadow of the Enlightenment
22
The Roots of a Convietion
29
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Sophie Bessis is a writer and journalist in France. She was head of research and subsequently editor in chief of Jeune Afrique; director of the Panos Institute in Paris; and editor of Vivre Autrement, which was published by ENDA at the major UN world summits since 1992.
She is the author of a number of books over the past twenty years, including
La Dernière Frontière: Les tiers mondes et la tentations de l'Occident, J C Lattes,
La faim dans le monde, La Decouverte, Femmes du Maghreb: l'Enjeu (with Souhayr Belhassen), Femmes de Mediterrane, Karthala, La fin du tiers monde?, L'Occident et les autres: Histoire d'une suprematie, La Decouverte.