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Making England Western: Occidentalism, Race, and Imperial Culture

Saree Makdisi


This book traces the claim that England at the turn of the nineteenth century through the Romantic period and beyond was not what we know today as a “Western” country. It identifies Occidentalism as a set of discourses articulating a decades-long process that made England Western across a wide range of transformative economic, political, and cultural processes. From the late eighteenth century on, a range of interior populations, today considered white and English, came to be seen from a certain privileged standpoint as culturally and racially separate and inferior (savage, uncivilized, Orient ... More

Keywords: race, class, nationalism, empire, imperialism, postcolonial, Orientalism, Occidentalism, Romanticism, Westernization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226923130
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226923154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saree Makdisi, author