17 Facts About Western nations


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

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Western nations 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 nations 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 nations civilization was born around AD 500, after the total collapse of the Western nations 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 nations 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 nations culture includes countries in the Americas and Oceania.

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

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Western nations 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 nations 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 nations Latins living in the old Western nations Empire, and Eastern Greeks.

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Exact scope of the Western nations 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 nations world refers to Europe and to areas whose populations largely originate from Europe, through the Age of Discovery's imperialism.

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Countries in the Western nations 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 nations regions.

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Christianity is the dominant religion and many denomiWestern nations incorporate worship practices from traditional African religions.

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Term "Western nations world" is sometimes interchangeably used with the term First World or developed countries, stressing the difference between First World and the Third World or developing countries.

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Western nations'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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