The Lost History of Western Civilization Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

“Western Civ” Was Not a Late Invention

The claim that “Western civilization” as a concept and a course of study was invented during World War I is mistaken. Under only slightly different names, Western Civ has been taught since colonial times, appealing across the political spectrum until the late 1960s.

The Greatest Study of Western Civilization Ever Written

If there is one early history of the West still worth reading in this day and age, Francois Guizot’s The History of Civilization in Europe is definitely it.

Two Secularizations and the Fate of Conservatism

Ever since William F. Buckley’s day, the conservative movement has grown in response to the departure of secular radicals from the national consensus, first with the increasing rejection of traditional religious morality by the left, more recently with the left’s departure from core tenets of liberal democracy and its refusal to embrace our national and civilizational stories.