18 Facts About Western countries


The Western countries world is known as the Occident, in contrast to the Orient or Eastern world.

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Western countries culture was influenced by many older civilizations of the ancient Near East, such as Canaan, Minoan Crete, Sumer, Babylonia, and Ancient Egypt.

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Western countries civilization is strongly associated with Christianity, which is in turn shaped by Hellenistic philosophy and Roman culture.

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Historians, such as Carroll Quigley in "The Evolution of Civilizations", contend that Western countries civilization was born around AD 500, after the total collapse of the Western countries Roman Empire, leaving a vacuum for new ideas to flourish that were impossible in Classical societies.

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Knowledge of the ancient Western countries world was partly preserved during this period due to the survival of the Eastern Roman Empire and the introduction of the Catholic Church; it was greatly expanded by the Arab importation of both the Ancient Greco-Roman and new technology through the Arabs from India and China to Europe.

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For example, Western culture includes countries in the Americas and Oceania.

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Western countries culture is most strongly influenced by Greco-Roman culture, Germanic culture, and Christian culture.

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Western countries culture is characterized by a host of artistic, philosophic, literary and legal themes and traditions.

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The Eastern Roman Empire surviving the fall of the Western countries protected Roman legal and cultural traditions, combining them with Greek and Christian elements, for another thousand years more.

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The Pope crowned Charlemagne as Emperor of the Romans of the newly established Holy Roman Empire and the West began thinking in terms of Western countries Latins living in the old Western countries Empire, and Eastern Greeks.

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Some Third World Western countries aligned themselves with either the US-led West or the Soviet-led Eastern bloc.

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Exact scope of the Western countries world is somewhat subjective in nature, depending on whether cultural, economic, spiritual or political criteria are employed.

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In modern usage, Western countries world refers to Europe and to areas whose populations largely originate from Europe, through the Age of Discovery's imperialism.

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The official religions of the United Kingdom and some Nordic Western countries are forms of Christianity, while the majority of European Western countries have no official religion.

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Countries in the Western world are the most keen on digital and televisual media technologies, as they were in the postwar period on television and radio: from 2000 to 2014, the Internet's market penetration in the West was twice that in non-Western regions.

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In particular, Toynbee refers to the intelligentsia formed among the educated elite of Western countries impacted by the European expansion of centuries past.

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Western countries's theories are rooted in Hegel's master-slave dialectic: The Occident would not exist without the Orient and vice versa.

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Further, Western writers created this irrational, feminine, weak "Other" to contrast with the rational, masculine, strong West because of a need to create a difference between the two that would justify imperialist ambitions, according to the Said-influenced Indian-American theorist Homi K Bhabha.

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