I agree.. but not me.. but mr Royal who said was in "America" were invented the human rights (or to say Protestants invented the human rights!!!!).... not me. I can be a kind of Jiminy Cricket had to specify what is said ... not to be mistaken... Our World as we know begun late 19th Century (about 1870-1890) but the roots... and economic and cultural substrate comes from late Middle Age (15th Century) and the modern age (late 15th Century to early 17th Century)... In 1492... World was not know... in 1620... Europeans has been in every continent....What you said may be true, yet it's a very complex question since it involves many centuries; nobody denies that there's a huge difference, just to make an example, between medieval Europe (St. Thomas, Scholasticism) and the modern age starting with the industrial capitalist revolution and the French and the American ones. There's a debate and there will also be between scholars who argue that, for example, the Declaration of Indipendence is original, and those who focus more on the strong European roots of the American order (see Russell Kirk's work). But common sense puts a strong line of separation between the Middle-ages and modern European culture (from Descartes to Post-modernism). Basically I think that our world started in 1400-1700s, then who cares if the American revolution did invent something or not, that's more of a jingoistic trivial debate I think.