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Naoíse Mac Sweeney

The West: A New History of an Old Idea

Starts at: Monday 30 October 7:45 PM
Finishes at: Monday 30 October 8:45 PM
Naoise MacSweeney credit Desiree Adams Photo
Tickets: On Sale from Monday 31 July, 9:30 AM

From a Roman matriarch to a British Prime Minister - Naoíse MacSweeney tells the stories of 14 emblematic figures throughout history to reinterpret the notion of ‘Western Civilisation.’   This concept of Western Civilisation as a golden thread, leading through the centuries from classical antiquity to the countries of the modern West, is a familiar, widely accepted idea.

But what if it is wrong?

Prize-winning archaeologist and historian Naoíse Mac Sweeney reveals how this particular version of Western history was invented, how it has been used to justify imperialism and racism, and why it is no longer ideologically fit for purpose today.

Using figures stretching from Herodotus in the 5th century BC through to 21st century Carrie Lam, recent Chief Executive of Hong Kong, MacSweeney retells Western history in a powerful and a thought-provoking manner.

‘Exploding a hoary old myth.’

Sponsored by Westholme Publishing