- Mar 2016
Yes, but didn't Europeans like to think they were more civilized than the rest of the world?
And ideas of cultural superiority were certainly not unique to Europeans. Most even vaguely sophisticated countries held similar views at various points throughout history. The Chinese were notable in this - the Qing dynasty viewed anyone outside of China as being barbarians, even the British of the 1840s and 1850s, despite the latter's dramatic superiority in technology and industrialization. In the pre-modern world, countries did not have the luxury of Googling about the cultures of other lands to make more informed judgments of them - their beliefs were developed by what they saw and heard on a daily basis, mostly from the confines of their own countries. It's foolish to criticise people from the past for not having the same globalist worldview that we have now, when the utilities and developments necessary for such a thing simply did not exist back then.