By Edward W. Said
A landmark paintings from the intellectually auspicious writer of Orientalism that explores the long-overlooked connections among the Western imperial activity and the tradition that either mirrored and bolstered it. "Said is a superb . . . student, aesthete and political activist."--Washington publish ebook international.
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Formerly your [French] affairs were your own concern only. We felt for them as men; but we kept aloof from them, because we were not citizens of France. But when we see the model held up to ourselves, we must feel as Englishmen, and feeling, we must provide as Englishmen. Your affairs, in spite of us, are made a part of our interest; so far at least as to keep at a distance your panacea, or your plague. If it be a panacea, we do not want it. We know the consequences of unnecessary physic. If it be a plague; it is such a plague, that the precautions of the most severe quarantine ought to be established against it.
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