Should Europeans offer their apologies for their colonization?

Should the European apologize for their colonization?

  • Yes

    Votes: 26 11.4%
  • No

    Votes: 133 58.1%
  • No, but educate the European children more about this subject

    Votes: 70 30.6%

  • Total voters
    229
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Jun 2017
2,771
Connecticut
Large parts of Europe had none or extremely peripheral part in the colonization process. (In fact even in those who did the colonization and the spoils thereof involved minorities.) So trying to tar "Europeans" for something they had no part in is insulting and ignorant. What's next, should the Vietnamnese apologize for the Mongols sacking of Baghdad, Being fellow Far Eastern and all?
I feel like it's obvious this only applies to the relevant parts of Europe. Easier to say European than list all the individual countries.

Portuguese, Spanish, French, British, Belgian, German and Dutch. Is that better? Did I miss anyone think that's just about everybody?
 
Sep 2011
5,233
I feel like it's obvious this only applies to the relevant parts of Europe. Easier to say European than list all the individual countries.

Portuguese, Spanish, French, British, Belgian, German and Dutch. Is that better? Did I miss anyone think that's just about everybody?
The Danes.

Considering Sweden sold cannons to everyone in bulk, and slave-irons was a profitable product line of it's 17th and 18th c. metallurgical industry it could be included. Then again on that basis pretty much all of central Europe, which was the larger European hub of mining and metal-working.

Regardless of directly trading slaves, or maintaining overseas colonies, all of Europe was, directly or indirectly, plugged into the global market system early modern Europe created and maintained, of which slaves and colonies was just one kind of modality.