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Occidentalism: The West in the eyes of the East

Summary: This is a summary and analysis of the book, Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of the East, by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit. The book examines the fueling force behind America's enemies, tracing the hatred back to its roots in the industrialization in the east, up through the modern terrorism from Al-Qaeda.
Occidentalism

In Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit's book, Occidentalism: The West in the eyes of the East, they set out to solve the fueling force that drives the "enemies" of America and the Western world. This hatred spans back to the times of industrialization in the east, causing hatred to erupt from the peoples of Asian nationalities, and continues up to present day with Al-Qaeda and the terrorist attacks.

Buruma and Margalit trace the roots of Occidentalism back to Germany, China, Japan and Russia. Japan used Westernization to keep up with the world and then turned their backs on it. Their goal was to "overcome the West, and be modern while at the same time returning to an idealized spiritual past" (Margalit 4). Because of this conflicting view on modernization, Japans quickness to modernize backfired. This soon led to the attack on...

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