Civilization in French and Francophone Literature

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Buford Norman, James Day, James T. Day
Rodopi, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 219 pages

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Page ix - It sums up everything in which Western society of the last two or three centuries believes itself superior to earlier societies or "more primitive" contemporary ones. By this term Western society seeks to describe what constitutes its special character and what it is proud of: the level of its technology, the nature of its manners, the development of its scientific knowledge or view of the world, and much more.

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