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"The West" also often refers to Western countries. When used in this sense, it could mean anything from NATO, Europe and North America with or without Japan to all of Judeo-Christian civilisation. See also: Occident

"West" can also refer to the American West, a portion of the United States, especially during the end of the 19th century. It is also called the "Old West" or "Wild West" (see American Old West). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West [Mar 2005]


Westernisation is a process whereby traditional, long-established societies come under the influence of Western (European and somewhat American) culture in such matters as industry, technology, economics, lifestyle, food and moral and cultural values. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westernization [Oct 2005]

Western world

The term Western world can have multiple meanings depending on its context. Originally defined as Europe, most modern uses of the term refer to the societies of Europe and their genealogical, colonial, and philosophical descendants, typically also including those countries whose ethnic identity and dominant culture derive from European culture. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_society [Nov 2004]

Western music

Western music is a broad category of music that includes all musical genres that use 12-note chromatic scale, including Western classical music, rock and roll, and many other forms of popular music. The word Western may be misleading; although much of this music came from Europe and North America, important contributions have come from places like Russia and Japan.

Western music developed out of the creatively fertile framework of Western philosophy that had its birthplace in ancient Greece. Pythagoras experiemented with intervals of sound based on small integers, which we recognize today as the 12-tone chromatic scale. From these logical roots developed the chants of early Christian tradition, first monophonic, and later polyphonic and including instruments. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_music [Oct 2004]

Mimesis : The Representation of Reality in Western Literature (1946)- Erich Auerbach

Mimesis : The Representation of Reality in Western Literature (1946)- Erich Auerbach [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

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