The following letter was submitted for possible publication in The Australian of Monday 13 July but, alas, it did not make it into print.
Western civilisation and peace
Kevin Donnelly writes, in part, that western civilisation offers a foundation that ensures peace ("Academic centres turn on the West", July 11-12).
Given that we are part way through a four-year, centenary commemoration of the First World War, I can only assume that Donnelly's choice of the verb "ensures" was sloppy or his understanding of European history is selective in the extreme.
The main part of that conflict was between countries at the heart of western civilisation that all maintained that the same Christian god was on their side.
Western civilisation has given the world much that is good. But rather than extravagantly claiming that it ensures peace, it would be more accurate to say that, across the span of history, war has been a continuing and prominent feature of that civilisation.
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National Conference, Melbourne
The AATE National Conference will be held in Melbourne from 30 November to 3rd December. The theme is My story flows in more than one direction: power of story, politics of voice. The program is available here; visit the conference website Early bird registration closes on 20 September. A range of prices includes $550 for personal mem...
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